Toyota FCV concept, 2013 Tokyo Motor Show
The latest FCV concept debuted last month at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, but Toyota has a North American debuted planned for the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas January 6.
In addition to the concept, Toyota will exhibit the fuel-cell "test mule" that allowed engineers to try out the fuel cell stack and electric powertrain on U.S. roadways. It's essentially a non-hydrogen production car that's been gutted to hide the fuel-cell system.
The production 2015 Toyota fuel-cell car will be a sedan that will probably echo the FCV concept's styling. While it was originally expected to cost around $50,000, the actual price will probably be closer to $100,000. Still, it will be much cheaper to build than the small batches of prototype cars Toyota has fielded over the years.
While the fuel-cell stack will provide electricity, the car will actually be driven by a modified hybrid setup. The fuel cell will essentially replace the gasoline engine in the system; the electric motor and other components will be cribbed from Toyota's existing hybrids to save money.
Toyota predicts a range of about 300 miles and a refueling time of about 3 minutes for the finished product.
When the Toyota fuel-cell vehicle finally reaches showrooms, it will compete against a production version of the Honda FCEV concept from the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, which is also expected to go on sale in 2015.