Toyota to sell hydrogen-powered car by 2015

November 8th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Toyota brought hybrid motoring to the masses with its Prius and other car makers are still in the process of catching up. But emission regulations are getting tougher and now, even Toyota is seeking out ways to offer even “greener” cars.

All-electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf are an option for eco conscious buyers. But Toyota is looking further into the future and plans to  launch a new fuel cell model in Europe by 2015.

Many of the major carmakers have dabbled in hydrogen-powered cars building fuel-cell concepts and prototypes. It was Honda that has come closest so far by launching the FCX Clarity in 2008 – but it’s only available for lease for a limited number of customers.

Toyota’s zero-emissions hydrogen car will apparently be sold to customers in four years’ time but in limited numbers. Not surprisingly the research and development on hydrogen power doesn’t come cheap and these cars will come with a high price tag. Continue reading “Toyota to sell hydrogen-powered car by 2015” »

How do fuel cells work?

December 19th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Ballard Energy explains how hydrogen fuel cells work, from turning the key through to the power hitting the road


Suzuki testing fuel cell technology in SX4

July 14th, 2008 by Darren Cottingham

One of the rising stars in the New Zealand new car market is being tested in an advanced and highly efficient form.

The Suzuki SX4-FCV (fuel cell vehicle) is about to undergo testing on Japanese roads after being shown at the recent G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit conference.

Suzuki has previously built three fuel cell vehicles since it began work on this technology seven years ago, and says the SX4 is the best performing FCV car the company has developed. The experimental SX4-FCV has received approval from Japan’s Ministry of Land and Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism for testing on public roads.

Suzuki is developing fuel cell vehicles in partnership with General Motors, and tested an MR Wagon-FCV and Wagon R-FCV in 2003 and a second MR Wagon-FCV in 2004.

The SX4-FCV five-door hatchback uses a GM-made high performance fuel cell, a Suzuki-developed 70 MPa (10,000 psi) compressed hydrogen tank and a light, compact capacitor.
This recovers energy during braking application and uses it to reduce load consumption during acceleration.

Suzuki Motor Corporation is seen as a dark horse in fuel cell technology by developing vehicles on several different fronts to compete with large motor manufacturers.

The experimental SX4-FCV has a driving range of 250 kilometres and a top speed of 150 km/h.