Sales launch of Fuel Cell sedan in Japan before April 2015

Sales will begin in Japan before April 2015 where hydrogen stations are in place* and in the surrounding areas.
Preparations are underway for sales to begin in the US and Europe during the summer of 2015.

*According to the “Next Generation Vehicle Promotion Center (NeV)” general incorporated association, the prefectures, metropolis and districts that are participating in the primary and secondary hydrogen supply facilities infrastructure assistance program in fiscal 2013 and 2014 (as of May 21, 2014) are: Saitama Pref., Chiba Pref., Tokyo, Kanagawa Pref., Yamanashi Pref., Aichi Pref., Hyogo Pref., Yamaguchi Pref., and Fukuoka Pref.

Press Release

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    What is a Fuel Cell Vehicle?

    It is a vehicle equipped with a “Fuel Cell” that generates electricity through the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen to power the motor driving the vehicle. Hydrogen, which replaces gasoline as fuel, is an environment-friendly energy source that can be produced from various raw materials.
    Toyota has also made use of hybrid vehicle core technology in the development of this vehicle.

    From the early stages of their effort to make “Sustainable Mobility” a reality, in 2002 Toyota began the world’s first limited sale in Japan and the US of the “Toyota FCHV” as an ideal vehicle. Toyota has made concrete achievements in Fuel Cell Vehicle development.

  • Successful startup: -30° Celsius Extended cruising range: 830km (JC08 mode) without refueling

    Another step toward fuel cell vehicle commercialization with Toyota FCHV-adv

    The “Toyota FCHV-adv”, which, in 2008, was made available in a limited sale to selected users, increased the driving range for each hydrogen refill from the previous 330km* to 830km*. Additionally, engine startups and running at minus 30ºC was made possible for driving in frigid climates, achieving virtually trouble-free operation.
    *10-15 mode (Based on internal investigation)

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    The Next Generation Fuel Cell Vehicle “Toyota FCV Concept” (making its world debut at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show in 2013)

    Vehicle Toyota FCV Concept
    Length (mm) 4,870
    Width (mm) 1,810
    Height (mm) 1,535
    Wheel-base 2,780
    Seating (people) 4

    A sedan style unique body with Toyota's proprietary small, light-weight FC Stack and 70 MPa*1 high-pressure hydrogen tanks, two high-pressure hydrogen tanks placed beneath the body in a high-efficiency package.

    *1 MPa = mega-Pascal, a unit measure of pressure

    The vehicle's exterior design evokes two key characteristics of a fuel cell vehicle: the transformation of air into water as the system produces electricity, and the powerful acceleration enabled by the electric drive motor. The bold front view features pronounced air intakes, while the sleek side view conveys the air-to-water transformation with its flowing-liquid door profile and wave-motif fuel cap. The theme carries to the rear view, which conveys a catamaran's stern and the flow of water behind.

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    Features of the Fuel Cell Vehicle

    Coexistence of environmental performance and conventional car performance

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    Comparing an Electric Vehicle with a Fuel Cell Vehicle

    Because of the high energy density of hydrogen, even if the tank capacity of an FCV is increased to ensure travel distance, the cost does not greatly increase as it would with an EV. Though both are zero-emissions vehicles, over longer travel distances, the merits of an FCV become larger.

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    FC system

    • By removing the humidifier from the FC system, the reliability was improved and a reduction in size and weight was achieved.
    • Equipping the FC with a pressurization converter allowed a reduction in the number of cells and by accomplishing a reduction in motor size, it is a highly efficient package.
    • It has an effective travel range of about 700km (JC08 mode: Based on internal investigation). Furthermore, the hydrogen refueling time has been reduced to a mere 3 minutes – similar to that of a gasoline car.
    • The Fuel Cell Vehicle is capable of supplying enough power to sustain a family home for a week. *2

    *2 Calculated based on a family home daily use of approximately 10kWh.

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    New FC stack

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    High Pressure Hydrogen Tank

  • To the reach full scale penetration anticipated for the decade of the 2020s, market introduction of several tens of thousands of vehicle per year is our goal

    We also strive to provide the product at a price that will be acceptable to our customers.

  • Toyota Group Fuel Cell technology in a broad range of products

    As for hydrogen use, Toyota Group as a whole is advancing technological developments, not only for the fuel cell vehicle. One example is the fuel cell bus where Hino Motors is making rapid progress toward market introduction targeted for 2016. Another is the household fuel cell application delivering a world’s top level electricity generation efficiency of 46.5% developed by Aisin Seiki and being sold since April on 2012. At Toyota Industries Corporation, continued development of a fuel cell powered forklift is underway with actual product tests being conducted since December of 2012 at the Toyoda Gosei factory at Kita-Kyushu.

    Hydrogen Station establishment plan in Japan

    Name Toyota Ecoful Town Hydrogen Station
    (Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture)
    Kaminokura Hydrogen Station
    (Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture)
    Ebina Chuo Hydrogen Station
    (Ebina City, Kanagawa Prefecture)
    Raw material City gas LPG Compressed hydrogen
    Features ■Direct filling
    ■Capable of high-volume filling
    ■Annexed to a gas station
    ■80MPa-class pressure accumulator (CFRP-made)
    ■Annexed to a gas station
    ■80MPa-class pressure accumulator (CFRP-made)
    Refilling pressure 70/35MPa 70MPa 70MPa

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