We’re At The Turning Point

We're entering a new era in automotive history. The question isn't if you'll turn… it's when.

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Seeking Drivers to Drive Change

Toyota has dedicated 20 years to the research and development of hydrogen fuel cell technology. We believe that this is the way forward, not only for the auto industry but for all of us. That is why we're searching for the bold few, the trailblazers, who will raise their hand, put down their foot and leave their mark on a turning point in history.

The Toyota FCV

Why Hydrogen?

The need for an alternative to fossil fuel is real. And in time, hydrogen will be our most sustainable option. Not only because hydrogen can be produced from renewables like solar and wind but also because the only emission from the tailpipe is water vapor. So what was once seen as a pipe dream now has more potential than ever.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell

From tank to tailpipe

  • 1

    Start with hydrogen

    Hydrogen atoms enter the fuel cell from the tank in which they are stored.

  • 2

    Add air

    An intake of air enters the fuel cell via the car's ventilation system.

  • 3

    Create electricity

    When hydrogen mixes with the oxygen in air, a chemical reaction takes places and generates electricity.

  • 4

    Go forward

    The electricity powers the electric engine that drives the car forward.

  • 5

    Leave nothing but water

    When hydrogen (H1) mixes with oxygen (O2), all that’s left is water (H20).

The Big Questions

Progress fueled by skepticism

Over the next year, the debate around hydrogen will intensify. Some are still writing hydrogen fuel off as anything from impractical to unsafe. But as history shows, progress has always been fueled by skepticism. So all questions marks are welcomed.

  • Won’t fueling with hydrogen be expensive?


    Hydrogen fuel pricing is in development but we expect the cost of running an FCV to be similar to that of a gasoline vehicle. And as the infrastructure around Hydrogen is being built out, the price is expected to drop.

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  • Isn’t hydrogen dangerous?


    Objective research shows that hydrogen is:

    • Non-Toxic
    • Lighter than air
    • Less flammable than gasoline

    Toyota's carbon fiber hydrogen tanks have undergone extreme testing to ensure their durability in a crash, including being shot with high caliber bullets. And in the event of a major accident, there are multiple safety systems in place to protect the tanks and vehicle overall.

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  • Is there really going to ever be any infrastructure that supports Hydrogen?


    The hydrogen highway is definitely expanding, with approximately 20 operational hydrogen stations expected to be in California by 2015.

    45 additional stations are being planned for construction by 2016.

    And by 2024, the California area alone will have an estimated 100 stations.

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