As always, Toyota is trying to stay one step ahead of the competition, this time in reference to alternative fuels. Already outselling other automakers when it comes to gas-electric hybrids, Toyota is on a mission to produce "tens of thousands" of hydrogen powered vehicles by no later than 2020. These green power-trains will be implemented on board future Toyota Prius and Yaris models from Tom Scott Toyota located at 15933 Idaho Center Blvd. Nampa, ID 83687.1
Didier Leroy, Toyota Europe's head of operations, made the pro-hydrogen announcement at the unveiling of their hydrogen-powered FCV-R concept at Geneva's motor show. He added that Toyota intends on testing this technology in Japan, then throughout US and Europe, over two years. Following this, expect to see fuel-cell cars at dealer lots as early as 2015.
Cost of refueling hydrogen powered vehicles is low, compared to traditional liquid fuels. However, cost of the tech needed that transform vehicles to run on hydrogen can be costly.
This announcement came along with cheering on several new models from the Japanese auto maker. This included new variants of Prius, a plug-in electric RAV4, and their FT-Bh compressed natural gas (CNG) hybrid. All were presented at the auto event in Geneva.