Consumer Fuel Cell Vehicles 25 Years Away, Says Toyota Fuel Cell Expert

Without breakthroughs that cut the cost of fuel cell stacks and hydrogen-storage systems, fuel cell vehicles won't be mass produced until 2030 at the earliest, says Bill Reinert (an old friend of EV World's)

Published: 28-Jan-2005

High-volume hydrogen-powered fuel cell cars are at least 25 years away, says Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.'s top fuel cell expert.

Even General Motors, which had been pushing for fuel cell vehicles by decade end, seems to be backing off from its goal of mass production of fuel cell vehicles by 2010.

GM just aims to have a fuel cell powertrain designed and validated by 2010.


HyGenius F600 is a compact-class car with a family-friendly design powered by a zero-emission fuel-cell drive, which consumes the equivalent of 2.9 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (81.mpg) and has an operating range in excess of 400 kilometres (248 mi).

While American's complain about high fuel prices, Europe embraces fuel efficiency. Photo: Renault Scenic.

There's a big battle shaping up as manufacturers roll out cheap cars for the masses. Toyota Yaris pictured below.


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