The 2014 Consumer Electronics Show was a pretty exciting event for Toyota this year! CES is aimed at providing a platform for upcoming and new consumer electronics and technology, so it was a perfect opportunity for Toyota to unveil one of their latest new Toyota concepts – the fuel cell vehicle! The FCV made quite the splash, and we got even more exciting news alongside its unveiling – Toyota is hoping to put these incredible cars out on the road by 2015!
The next new Toyota in Orlando may boast fuel cell technology under the hood!
What’s so great about a new Toyota in Orlando that has fuel cell technology under the hood instead of a traditional gasoline engine or even a hybrid system? Bob Carter, who’s the senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales, took to the stage to break things down for us. Here are some of his most interesting points about the benefits of incorporating fuel cell technology into a new Toyota in Orlando:
- An onboard fuel system that uses hydrogen and oxygen to create electricity (which in turn powers the car, sort of like the Toyota RAV4 EV or Toyota Prius Plug-in) creates just that – electricity. There are no harmful pollutants emitted during performance. Translation? Zero emissions.
- Hydrogen is a pretty plentiful resource – it’s easy to obtain and produce it, and a very sustainable way to power a vehicle. This means it’s cheaper to power a FCV than it is to fill it up at the gas pump (which means a happy wallet on your end).
- It’s quick and easy to fuel up – refueling only takes 3-5 minutes, and on a full tank the vehicle can travel up to 300 miles. Also, don’t think you’ll be plugging along at a painfully slow pace – the new Toyota FCV goes from 0-60 in 10 seconds!
- Fuel cell vehicles are exceptionally efficient – they can run for longer distances on much less power, and Carter noted that a fully-fueled new Toyota FCV would be able to supply enough energy to power a house for a WEEK if there was a power outage in the neighborhood.
- Toyota is not only concentrating on making the technology happy, but also on making it affordable to regular everyday consumers, which is key in the mass market. Carter said that the new Toyota that will be hitting the streets in 2015 will achieve both of these goals!
FCV is coming to our Orlando Toyota dealership soon
Toyota has teamed up with the University of California Irvine’s Advanced Power and Energy Program to plot out where they should put hydrogen fueling stations, and it looks like California will be the first state to see these incredible cars take to the streets in 2015. Luckily, filling stations should be readily available – Toyota and the APEP hope to have 20 new stations by 2015, 40 by 2016, and 100+ by 2024, making hydrogen an available and affordable source of energy. Think about the positive impact these Orlando Toyota will have on the environment!
Want to learn more about eco-friendly and efficient ways to hit the roads? Visit Toyota of Orlando! We’re just off I-4 near the Millenia Mall!