PHOTO CAPTION: Toyota SVP Bob Carter reveals FCV hydrogen concept car at 2014 CES in Las Vegas. Photo: Toyota

Toyota's Bob Carter Escalates 'War of Words' Over the Future of Fuel Cell Car

Toyota SVP challenges the negative views of CEO's at Tesla, Nissan and Volkswagen toward fuel cell vehicles, saying they have same potential as Prius in 1998.

Published: 15-Jan-2014

In an escalation of the auto industry's war of words over future green technologies, a senior Toyota Motor Corp executive singled out Elon Musk and other rival executives on Tuesday and made a bold prediction for its hydrogen car.

Bob Carter, Toyota's senior vice president for automative operations, said in a speech that he believed a hydrogen fuel cell car it plans to launch next year could eventually be as successful as its pioneering Prius gasoline-electric hybrid.

Carter said "naysayers" who have spoken out against the technology would be proven wrong and referred to Elon Musk, founder of electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc, Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan Motor Co, and former Volkswagen executive Jonathan Browning by name.


Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell fuel cell sedan production will now be delayed until 2017.

Speculation is that delay decision based on lack of hydrogen refueling infrastructure, though system costs are likely an equally important justification.

Ford Motor Co. 999 fuel cell sets speed record at Wendover, Utah of 207.279 mph.

The collaboration expected to lead the launch of world’s first affordable, mass market fuel cell electric vehicles as early as 2017.

Chevrolet Equinox, one of 100 powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

Bob Lutz predicts that 'unless something close to magic happens,' fuel-cells vehicles will forever be expensive 'wall flowers.'


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