Toyota FCV to debut as 2016 model

Production fuel cell electric vehicle will be offered in North America initially in California

Published: July 6, 2014, 3:00 AM

Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) Concept

True to its word, Toyota says it will offer a production fuel cell electric vehicle in the North-American market in the 2015 calendar year. Initial availability will be limited to selected areas of California where there is sufficient hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in place to support consumer use of the vehicles.

The car, which was recently revealed in pre-production prototype form in both Japan and Aspen, Colorado is scheduled to be released in Japan in April, 2015 as a 2016 model. It will be introduced in the European and American markets later in the year.

in appearance, the prototype is virtually identical to the FCV concept vehicle that made its debut at last year's Tokyo Show, which means its appearance will be as distinctive as its powertrain.

Beyond appearance, few details were released apart from price, which in Japan will be around $75,000 (CDN) at current exchange rates. Prices for other markets have not yet been decided.

Toyota did say it will take about three minutes to refuel with hydrogen and it will have a driving range of about 700 km on a full tank.

According to Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA, "Fuel cell electric vehicles will be in our future sooner than many people believe, and in much greater numbers than anyone expected.”