Toyota's hydrogen fuel cell-powered saloon could spawn a new family of zero-emission cars, but the technology will take time to be adopted
Andrew Frankel Autocar
1 October 2015

Yoshikazu Tanaka, chief engineer for the Toyota Mirai, has indicated that he would like to see the firm’s hydrogen fuel cell-powered car “procreate” and spawn a family of fuel cell vehicles.

He gave a time frame of 10-20 years before fuel cell cars are as much a part of the automotive fabric as hybrids are today, putting them on a similar trajectory today as the Prius was at the end of the last century.

Tanaka would not be drawn on which configurations would lend themselves to fuel cell power, but a well-informed source confirmed that estate, hatchback, MPV and SUV variants could all be under consideration.

In the meantime, Tanaka said progress is now advancing so fast that a fuel cell that weighed 108kg in 2008 and produced 121bhp now weighs just 56kg yet yields 153bhp.

However, he admitted the problem of obtaining a genuinely clean source of hydrogen for all fuel cell cars was a long way from being solved. Although hydrogen infrastructures are now being assembled in Japan, Berlin, London and California, they burn fossil fuels in the extraction process.

The issue was not how to liberate hydrogen from renewables but how to do so affordably, he said.

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1 October 2015
"Tanaka would not be drawn on which configurations would lend themselves to fuel cell power, but a well-informed source confirmed that estate, hatchback, MPV and SUV variants could all be under consideration."

No! Who'd have guessed. A well-informed source eh? Must've been to know this kind of stuff.

1 October 2015
Well informed enough to know that there would not be an i8 competitor then.

1 October 2015
Pie in the sky. Yet still no mention of the equivalent mpg figure. It's always 2 years down the line too.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

1 October 2015
Will you please stop calling them 'zero emissions'! They are just moving the emissions backwards in the production line instead of out of the tailpipe.
And all this VW nonsense filling up the home page is a joke.

1 October 2015
I think they can call them that because they'll never make a 'true' production hydrogen car. NO car = no emission - simples

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

1 October 2015
This thing is beyond hideous. A Pontiac Aztec looks positively bootylicious next to this minger.

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