PHOTO CAPTION: Lexus LFA concept. The large grill suggests it could also be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, which requires large cooling surface to handle stack heat.

Toyota Exec: Fuel Cell Cars Just Another Eco Option After 2020

Toyota R&D chief Okudaira-san discusses company's fuel cell production plans and cost curves with Automotive News Europe.

Published: 27-Dec-2013

Toyota is confident that fuel cell vehicles will be price competitive against other zero-emission cars before 2030, Soichiro Okudaira, chief officer, r&d Group, told Automotive News Europe in an interview. "Beyond 2020 .... fuel cell cars will be considered just one alternative of the eco cars," he said.

Toyota is hoping that dramatic reductions in the cost of fuel cells will help it sell between 5,000 and 10,000 units when the production version of its FCV Concept, unveiled at the Tokyo auto show last month, goes on sale in early 2015.

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