Toyota will start selling the first car based on hydrogen fuel next year





Even if good-natured Elon Musk and offers anyone wanting to license patents his company Tesla, do not be surprised that there are manufacturers in the world, which this proposal can politely decline. Indeed, instead of batteries and related electrical charging stations such players such as General Motors, Mercedes, Honda and Toyota have focused their efforts on the development of an entirely different fuel to power their cars of the future – hydrogen.

The Japanese company Toyota recently announced that its first commercial vehicle that runs on the hydrogen fuel, sedan, previously received conceptual name FCV, will be ready to start selling in the U.S. and Europe in the summer of next year. Price four-wheeled friend will be 7 million yen (about 69,000 dollars, while the cost of a car can vary depending on the region).



At this point, the development of hydrogen-powered vehicles and filling stations, of course, is far behind the same all-electric proposals Tesla, whose cars cost starts at about 60 thousand dollars (for the base model Tesla Model S). It should be noted that the price of the car also included the possibility of a lifetime of free electric car charging stations at elektrozaryadnyh Tesla. However, Toyota and other pioneers in the development of vehicles based on hydrogen believe that eventually they will be able to gain the upper hand thanks to its technology that promises faster charging and longer range ride.


While the majority of charging stations Tesla Supercharger takes about an hour to charge the battery of the car to be able to travel 480 kilometers, hydrogen fueling stations can fill it full tank of fuel in just 5 minutes. After that the gas is mixed with oxygen and generates an electrochemical reaction which provides for a full tank of approximately 630 kilometers. While Toyota insists that no emissions other than water vapor, these cars do not create.




Everything would be great if there was no hydrogen in their shortcomings. It is difficult and expensive to produce, store and deliver on refueling at very high pressure. The very same Toyota says that he plans to sell his new car only in those places where there is already at least a basic level of infrastructure for hydrogen fueling capabilities.

However, given that the cost of construction and maintenance of charging stations Tesla Supercharger constantly decreasing (especially when it comes to those stations which operate on the basis of solar energy), then the Japanese company a major headache will not launch commercial model vehicle powered by a hydrogen-based generator, and providing its customers access to hydrogen fuel filling stations.

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