-- I spoke with Jana Hartline, Manager, Environmental
Communications regarding the Toyota FVC-R Concept. This vehicle
is based on the highlander platform. It is an all electric vehicle
and utilizes the same core hybrid synergy drive technology as
the Toyota Prius. It is powered by hydrogen gas that feeds into
the fuel cell stack, which separates each electron and creates
electricity. There is a back-up battery.
is 350-400 miles per fill. Most hydrogen gas stations are in California
and on the east coast in Connecticut. It takes five minutes to
fill it up, just like regular gas, but with hydrogen gas.
between a fuel cell and a battery is the massive amount of range
you get with a fuel cell. "To date, we have improved the
quality of the fuel cell stack," Hartline said. To put it
simply, it recharges while you are driving at all speeds.
no production plans and no price at this point. However The FVC-R
will be on the market in 2015. Toyota has had fuel cells on the
road already since 2003.
also moving towards future safety technology in our vehicles,"
the manager of environmental communications added.