SYNDICATED NEWS
PHOTO CAPTION: Toyota Fine N Fuel Cell concept car

Toyota Aims for $50K Fuel Cell Sedan by 2015

The carmaker has cut the cost to make hydrogen models to less than $100,000 and aims to halve that price by the time sales begin.

Published: 17-Jan-2011

Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s largest seller of hybrid vehicles, said it’s on schedule to sell hydrogen cars by 2015 or sooner in California, Japan and Germany as an alternative to battery-powered models coming to market.

Toyota, which also aims to sell plug-in hybrid and battery- only autos in 2012, is overcoming the cost and technical hurdles that have kept hydrogen fuel-cell cars from being sold to retail customers, said Takeshi Uchiyamada, Toyota’s executive vice president for research and product development. The carmaker has cut the cost to make hydrogen models to less than $100,000 and aims to halve that price by the time sales begin, he said.

“I have high expectations for fuel-cell vehicles as a candidate for next-generation cars,” Uchiyamada said this week in an interview at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. “Over the past several years, we’ve seen many of the outstanding technical issues solved.”

<< PREVIOUSNEXT >>
RELATED NEWS ITEMS

Recall includes Lexus HS 250h hybrid.

Recall includes 437,000 units of its 2010 Prius, Sai, Prius PHV (plug-in hybrid) and Lexus HS250h hybrids globally.

2010 Plug-in Prius similar to that driven by the author.

Admittedly 'lazy' test driver in Ireland finds excuses not to plug in the Prius.

Toyota and Tesla are collaborating on an all-electric version of the RAV4 sport utility vehicle.

Electric version of RAV4 is being jointly developed by Toyota and Tesla, picking up where original RAV4 EV left off nearly a decade ago.

READER COMMENTS

blog comments powered by Disqus