1. Introducing Toyota's Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

    We’re setting the next 100 years in motion

    Introducing the Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV). The same hybrid technology at the heart of the Prius but with hydrogen and fuel cell stack.

    Oh, and it only emits WATER VAPOR.

    With a driving experience that’s on par with a gasoline engine. It’s not just the next movement in automotive technology; it’s the next big movement towards a better future.

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How it Works

  1. A Cleaner, Renewable Fuel Source

    It’s simple science. Our fuel cells generate electricity from hydrogen, a fuel that can be produced from a variety of renewable sources like solar and wind power.

  2. The Power of Chemistry

    Hydrogen gas is fed into the fuel cell stack where it is combined with oxygen. The electricity produced by this chemical reaction is used to power the electric motor and to charge the battery. And the only emission from this reaction? Water vapor.

  3. Go the Distance

    The FCV is anticipated to have an EPA driving range rating of approximately 300 miles. And a refueling time as low as three minutes, which is roughly the same as a gasoline vehicle. So in no time you can hit the road and go for the long haul.

  4. Zero Emissions

    The FCV is emission-free. As in no CO2, no greenhouse gas produced, no emissions. The only by-product is water vapor. Which leaves the old gasoline engines all wet.

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    See the Toyota fuel cell vehicle that emulates the cycle of nature and brings true sustainable mobility.

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    See how Toyota is setting the next 100 years in motion by pioneering a hydrogen-powered society.

The Road to Sustainability

Sustainable mobility isn’t just a dream. It’s a goal that we’ve been working towards for the past twenty years, so that we can keep moving long into the future.

1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
  1. 1996

    • Toyota develops the FCEV (fuel cell electric vehicle), equipped with a proprietary fuel cell stack and a hydrogen-absorbing alloy tank.
  2. 1997

    • Prius makes its debut in Japan
  3. 2000

    • 50,000 hybrids on the road*
    • Prius has been on the road for 3 years
    • Estimated CO2 reduction**: 340,000 tons
  4. 2002

    • 100,000 hybrids on the road*
    • Prius accounts for all Toyota hybrid sales
    • Estimated CO2 reduction**: 680,000 tons
  5. 2005

    • 500,000 hybrids on the road*
    • Second-generation Prius production commenced
    • Estimated CO2 reduction**: 3,400,000 tons
  6. 2007

    • 1 million hybrids on the road*
    • World’s first full V8 hybrid vehicle launched
    • Estimated CO2 reduction**: 6,800,000 tons
  7. 2009

    • 2 million hybrids on the road*
    • Completely redesigned third-generation Prius launched
    • Estimated CO2 reduction**: 13,600,000 tons
  8. 2011

    • 3 million hybrids on the road*
    • Prius v launched
    • Estimated CO2 reduction**: 20,400,000 tons
  9. 2013

    • 5 million hybrids on the road*
    • Estimated CO2 reduction**: 34 million tons
  10. 2015

    • The Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle is set to make its debut on the road. And since it doesn't emit any CO2 whatsoever, we’re on track to ensuring a brighter future for all.
*Refers to cumulative vehicle sales.
**Estimates results based on reduction of 6.8 tons of CO2 per vehicle.
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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. About the Fuel Cell Vehicle

    How does a fuel cell vehicle work?

    The fuel cell utilizes the same technology developed for our hybrid synergy drive systems but the gasoline engine is replaced with a fuel cell stack.

    In a fuel cell, hydrogen gas combined with oxygen to create a chemical reaction that produces electricity, which is then used to power an electric motor and charge a battery.

    Just as with a Toyota Prius, the power control unit in the fuel cell decides when the vehicle should be powered by fuel cell stack and when it should be powered by the battery.

    When will the public be able to purchase a fuel cell vehicle from Toyota and how much will it cost?

    The fuel cell will come to market in 2015. No specific pricing has been set at this time, but it will be available and accessible to the public. Specific U.S. sales volume will be announced closer to launch but it will be a significant number.

    How much will it cost to refuel the fuel cell vehicle and what is the expected range of the sedan-based vehicle?

    Exact hydrogen capacity information will be announced closer to launch, but assuming a median price of $6 per kilogram for hydrogen, it would cost approximately $30 to fill the vehicle and travel 300 miles. We are targeting a range of 300 miles.

    About Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

    Is hydrogen safe as a vehicle fuel?

    Hydrogen is no more flammable than gasoline and has many positive safety aspects as a vehicle fuel

    a. It’s lighter than air, and disperses quickly versus pooling like gasoline

    b. If there is an ignition source that lights the gas on fire, the gas will “flare” very quickly into the air

    For the FCV, Toyota’s carbon fiber hydrogen tanks have undergone extreme testing to ensure their durability in a crash, including being shot with high caliber bullets.

    In the event of a major accident, there are multiple safety systems in place to protect the tanks and overall vehicle.

    How long has Toyota been working on fuel cell technology?

    Toyota began development of fuel cell vehicles in 1992 and debuted its first fuel cell vehicle in 1996.

    The FCHV (Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle) first hit the road in the U.S. in 2002, and is now on its third generation, the FCHV-adv.

    More than 100 FCHV-adv are participating in a U.S. demonstration program with partners including California universities, private companies and government agencies.

    About the Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure

    Are fuel cell vehicles more or less efficient to operate than battery electrics?

    As with emissions, the true efficiency of any fuel-vehicle system is measured by the efficiency of the full fuel cycle, including fuel production plus the efficiency of the use of the fuel in the vehicle.

    While electric motors in battery electric vehicles are highly efficient, high energy losses in producing and distributing electricity mean their overall efficiency are lower than for fuel cell.

    How many hydrogen fueling stations are in the United States?

    According to the Department of Energy, there are between 40-50 hydrogen fueling stations across the United States. However, this includes a wide variety of “station” types, including private and fleet-only facilities. There are approximately 10 active stations in CA today.

    How many hydrogen stations do you anticipate will be active and open to the public by vehicle launch in 2015? What about beyond 2015?

    There are expected to be approximately 20 operational hydrogen stations in California by 2015.

    California is targeting the construction of 45 stations by 2016 and funding up to 100 total stations by 2024.

    Toyota will also continue to support efforts for infrastructure development nationwide.

    Without greater infrastructure, deployment will likely be limited to areas where fueling is available, like California.

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    A driving experience that’s on par with a gasoline engine, but without any CO2 emissions. In fact, its only emission is water vapor.

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