Toyota Loans Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicles To DoE For Research

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Toyota Advanced Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicles (FCHV-adv)

Toyota Advanced Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicles (FCHV-adv)

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Their part in the future energy mix for vehicles may be small, but several companies are taking a renewed look at hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

That's if recent partnerships are anything to go by, at any rate--Toyota and BMW recently joined forces, as have Ford, Renault-Nissan and Daimler.

The U.S. Department of Energy is also continuing its research, and Toyota has loaned two fuel-cell vehicles to the DoE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Each vehicle will help the NREL with its research into hydrogen refueling infrastructure, renewable hydrogen production and vehicle performance.

The FCHV-adv vehicles--which stands for Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle advanced--will also provide insight into the longevity of fuel-cell systems.

By the end of the two-year research period, each Highlander-based vehicle will be four to five years old. Each car uses a fuel-cell system, with high-pressure hydrogen tanks, an electric motor, and a nickel-metal hydride battery pack. As the name suggests, the car can run from battery power or the fuel cell--with the fuel cell system taking the place of an internal combustion engine in the hybrid mix.

According to the NREL, the FCHVs will be brought to events, showcasing the technology and helping educate the public on fuel-cells. At the same time, they'll be used to gather feedback on customer acceptance.

The hydrogen is generated through renewable sources, including wind and solar energy.

Toyota aims to release a production fuel cell vehicle in 2015, potentially along the lines of the FCV-R concept. Its new technology partner BMW will begin work on its own car in 2015, with a view to a production car by 2020.


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Comments (2)
  1. "The hydrogen is generated through renewable sources, including wind and solar energy."
    No...the hydrogen is generated using whatever power source happens to be available. Hydrogen is power storage like a battery. It is not fuel.

  2. No, Randall, please read more carefully. You are correct that hydrogen is generated from outside sources but in this specific case, the fuel is generated using renewable resources. The people doing the study have choices and there is hydrogen generated from renewable sources, which is what was chosen for this study, according to the article, at least. You are aware that the Dept. of Energy is very active in renewable energy, correct? That they already have sources of renewable energy that can be used for studies like this, right?

    If you believe this is a lie and in this specific case they are not doing so, please show a source for your information.

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