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Polar Vortex On Match for Toyota Fuel Cell Highlander

Unlike pure battery electric vehicles that can see reductions in driving range in extreme temperatures, fuel cell vehicles’ performance stands up to freezing temperatures.

Published: 03-Feb-2014

The FINANCIAL -- Record low temperatures have stranded many East Coast drivers, but not those driving a Toyota fuel cell hybrid vehicle. Connecticut-based Proton Onsite, which operates a fleet of ten Toyota FCHV-adv fuel cell vehicles, says that even in single digit temperatures, the FCHV-adv shows no signs of frostbite, according to Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

“We had another snow storm Tuesday night and this morning the temperature was 3 degrees,” said Mark Schiller, Proton vice president of business development. “I went out to my Toyota FCHV-adv and brushed off a foot of snow before starting the car right up. No problem,” he added.

Unlike pure battery electric vehicles that can see reductions in driving range in extreme temperatures, fuel cell vehicles’ performance stands up to freezing temperatures. “I continue to get range of about 300 miles despite the cold and blasting the heater. The vehicle performed flawlessly,” he said.

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