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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).
Toyota FCV concept at the Consumer Electronics Show on Las Vegas in Januari 2014. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1h63GK5)
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.

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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