Translogic 164: Driving the fuel cell vehicles of the 2014 LA Auto Show

Translogic 164: Driving the fuel cell vehicles of the 2014 LA Auto Show

November 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: LA Auto Show , Videos , Audi , Toyota , Volkswagen , Electric , Translogic , Technology The LA Auto Show is known for its environmentally friendly vehicle debuts. At last year’s show , hydrogen fuel cell concepts from Honda and Toyota joined a lease-ready Hyundai Tuscan FCEV to cast a green hue over the convention center. This year, automakers took us a step closer to a fuel cell future by offering drives of their hydrogen-electric hybrids. Translogic host Jonathon Buckley takes a ride in the Toyota Mirai , which is headed for production in 2016. He follows that with a spin in the Volkswagen Passat HyMotion and the Audi A7 Sportback h-tron quattro concept. Which of these fuel cell vehicles holds the most promise? Tune in to find out. Continue reading Translogic 164: Driving the fuel cell vehicles of the 2014 LA Auto Show Translogic 164: Driving the fuel cell vehicles of the 2014 LA Auto Show originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

2016 Toyota Mirai starts at $57,500, lease for $499/month with free hydrogen fuel

2016 Toyota Mirai starts at $57,500, lease for $499/month with free hydrogen fuel

November 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Toyota , Electric The Toyota Mirai is coming to California next year and it will arrive bearing a $57,500 MSRP. Toyota says that with state and federal incentives worth a total of $13,000, interested customers will be able to buy a Mirai for under $45,000. If you’re more into leasing, then you can get the Mirai for $499 a month for 36 months (with $3,649 due at signing). Both options come with free hydrogen fuel for “up to three years.” The 2016 Mirai will be available in California in the fall of 2015 in a very limited supply – less than 200 vehicles in the fourth quarter – but as availability expands to the Northeast ( read: Boston and New York ), Toyota says it expects more than 3,000 to be on the road by the end of 2017. But there might be a catch. The $8,000 federal tax credit isn’t scheduled to last much longer. In fact, it could expire well before the Mirai is released. The current regulations say that , “The purchaser may claim a credit for the certified amount for a fuel cell vehicle if it is placed in service by the taxpayer after Dec. 31, 2005, and is purchased on or before Dec. 31, 2014.” That’s just a month and a half from now, while the car is almost a year away.

Toyota FCV rallies to the hydrogen cause as zero car

Toyota FCV rallies to the hydrogen cause as zero car

November 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Sedan , Japan , Toyota , Electric , Racing It’s been two decades since Toyota dominated the World Rally Championship with its Celica Turbo 4WD. But this past weekend, Toyota hit the rally stage in a very different vehicle. That, as you can see, is the Japanese automaker’s Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) , which is still in its prototype phase. We’re still at least half a year away from seeing the FCV in production trim, but the model has already been pressed into duty as the “zero car” at the Shinshiro Rally, the last round of the Japanese Rally Championship. The zero car, for those unfamiliar, is to rally what a pace or safety car is to circuit racing, driving the rally stage to check for signs of trouble before the competitors put their feet to the floor, so it’s not as if the FCV needed extensive modifications. From the looks of things, it just needed some jazzy stripes, mud flaps, probably different rolling stock and an interior with racing buckets and harnesses, roll cage, radio equipment and maybe a bit more ground clearance. Still, seeing a hydrogen-powered car running a rally stage must have been an unusual sight for the spectators in Aichi Prefecture. They’ll have to wait until next April to see a production car on the road, while those of us in the US and Europe are expected to get them next summer. Continue reading Toyota FCV rallies to the hydrogen cause as zero car Toyota FCV rallies to the hydrogen cause as zero car originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 03 Nov 2014 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyota’s Lentz says fuel cells are the future, not EVs

Toyota’s Lentz says fuel cells are the future, not EVs

May 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Hybrid , Technology , Toyota , Electric Toyota is not bullish on EVs. That comes from the company’s North American CEO, Jim Lentz , who said the company will focus not on electrification, but on continued hybridization with a long-term focus on hydrogen fuel cells. Lentz questioned the long-range ability of EVs, saying that Toyota feels “there are better alternatives, such as hybrids and plug-in hybrids, and tomorrow with fuel cells.” Lentz spoke about Toyota’s focus on hydrogen following Forbes Brainstorm Green conference and barely a week after a battery deal between Tesla and Toyota ended , according to Automotive News . That deal provided for 2,500 battery packs for the Rav4 EV . While valuable to Toyota, the deal “was never about open-ended volume,” Lentz said. “It was time to either continue or stop. My personal feeling was that I would rather invest my dollars in fuel cell development than in another 2,500 EVs.” Freed of its venture with Tesla , hydrogen now appears to be in Toyota’s focus. According to AN, Toyota is starting in California, offering a $7-million loan to a company called FirstElement Fuel to develop hydrogen fueling infrastructure in the Golden State. Automotive News cites a study by Toyota that claims 68 refueling stations located across the state would provide for 10,000 HFC owners. California is already planning on having 50 stations by the end of 2016.

Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution

May 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The word she keeps using is “obsessed.” Jackie Birdsall became “obsessed” with cars when she was a teenager. That made her “obsessed” with the history of auto icons like Henry Ford and Lee Iacocca. In 2003, she did an internship with Daimler-Chrysler, leading to an “obsession” with hydrogen fuel cell technology. And now, as an engineer at Toyota Technical Center, Birdsall is “obsessed” with bringing fuel cell technology to the masses.

Polar Vortex No Match for Toyota Fuel Cell

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Toyota Powers-Up First of its Kind Stationary Fuel Cell

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TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 17, 2012 – Furthering its commitment to alternative energy and the environment, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) activated today a new 1.1-megawatt hydrogen fuel cell generator on the Torrance headquarters campus. The fuel cell will supply approximately half of the electricity for six headquarters buildings during peak demand, while producing zero emissions. Designed and built by Ballard Power Systems, the proprietary Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) stationary fuel cell is the largest PEM fuel cell of its kind. The fuel cell is powered by hydrogen gas fed directly from a pre-existing industrial hydrogen pipeline, also a first for this technology. This direct power source allows Toyota to reduce utility grid electricity usage during peak power demand. The same hydrogen pipeline also supplies a hydrogen filling station adjacent to the TMS campus used to fuel Toyota’s and other manufacturers fuel cell hybrid vehicle fleets.

Toyota FCV-R Concept is otherworldly

Toyota FCV-R Concept is otherworldly

December 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Hybrid , Sedan , Japan , Tokyo Motor Show , Toyota Toyota is out to prove that the fuel cell vehicle isn’t as dead as we thought. Despite the fact that a hydrogen infrastructure is no closer to reality now than it was five years ago, the company unveiled its FCV-R Concept at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show . Engineers snugged the fuel cell unit beneath the passenger cell to preserve passenger and cargo capacity. The FCV-R Concept boasts space for four and their gear, and Toyota claims that the vehicle has a range of around 435 miles. That works for us. Currently, the FCV-R is only a concept, though it’s interesting to see Toyota playing with hydrogen fuel cell technology once again. Will the tech eventually make its way to the road? Here’s hoping. Toyota has already made it clear the automaker wants to see the Prius range become its best-selling nameplate in the near future, and a fuel-cell version could be part of those plans. Hit the jump for the full press release.

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