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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Toyota try their luck through the fuel-cell

Toyota Motor Corp. will launch hydrogen-powered vehicle in the United States, Japan, and Europe next year. Among internal Toyota, this vehicle gets a reference as FC2015 with FC was an extension of the fuel cell. Toyota FCV concept was ever discussed in several previous articles (Link-1 and Link-2).

If this plan goes through, then Toyota has twice made a shock through the new tech products on the market. In 1997, Toyota shocked by presenting Prius, a hybrid gas-electric first sold commercially. Hybrid now accounts for 14 percent of Toyota's global annual sales or already nine million vehicles.
Toyota FCV concept at the Consumer Electronics Show on Las Vegas in Januari 2014. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1h63GK5)
Now, they are trying to re-luck through the fuel cell, a technology using large amounts of cells that serve to mix hydrogen and oxygen electro-chemical propulsion for the sake of generating electricity. Emission fuel-cell only water vapor and heat. Fuel-cell claimed five times more durable than the electric battery and only need few minutes to refill hydrogen.
Interior view of Toyota FCV concept. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1gNyBqZ)
Toyota needs to be 20 years old in a zig zag to bring fuel-cell technology, then hold down the cost of production so that a realistic selling price. Toyota is also racing to develop fuel-cell Honda that had first introduced the FCX Clarity, hydrogen-powered vehicles that they will produce.
Left side view of Toyota FCV concept. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/PnxG96)
Matter of reducing the cost of production, Toyota also managed to solve the problem with a variety of advances in design for example copper widening and increasingly thin on the coils so that the motor becomes more powerful, more petite, and increasingly cheap.

A decade ago have to cost a million dollars to make a fuel cell propulsion system, now costs U.S. $50 thousand. For comparison, the Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in electric hybrid car technology from General Motors, the price ranging from U.S. $35 thousand.

"With FC 2015 we thought we had come to dominate rivals degrees. This car is our first big step in making fuel-cell vehicles for everyday use," said Toyota's managing director, Satoshi Ogiso, as quoted by Reuters. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | REUTERS]
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