Follow Us

We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message

Toyota to bring fuel-cell concept car to CES

The FCV is designed for a 500-kilometer range and three-minute refueling stops

Article comments

Toyota will use January's CES to unveil its fuel-cell concept car for the first time in North America.

The world's biggest automaker will disclose its plans for fuel-cell vehicles in a news conference scheduled to take place alongside CES in Las Vegas on Jan. 6. Toyota's fuel-cell concept vehicle, called the FCV, will also be on show at the event.

The prototype FCV uses a fuel cell that converts hydrogen to electricity. Unveiled first at this year's Tokyo Motor Show, the FCV is the kind of car Toyota hopes to put on the market in 2015. The company is aiming the produce a car with a range of at least 500 kilometers (311 miles) and a refueling time of about three minutes -- close to the amount of time it takes to refuel a gasoline vehicle.

One of the advantages of such a technology is that it relies on a readily available fuel source, hydrogen, and produces only water as a by-product. The liquid hydrogen fuel is manufactured using electricity.

Fuel cell technology was once a hot topic in the electronics industry. About 10 years ago, many major electronics companies were prototyping and testing products based on fuel cells as an alternative to batteries. Typically, a squirt of methanol would provide enough power for hours of use. However, the technology never got to the mass market and many projects closed.

Some companies are still pursuing fuel cells for electronics and emergency power use.

At this year's Ceatec show in Tokyo, Aquafairy, a Japanese start-up, demonstrated a hydrogen fuel cell that it said could be on the market in 2014. The company showed several prototypes and said it would succeed where others have failed because of its reliance on hydrogen rather than methanol.

CES is one of the biggest annual electronics shows in the world, and companies use the event to set their theme for the coming year. In recent years, as cars have become more high-tech, automakers have also been appearing at CES to unveil new technologies that they hope will define the driving experience of tomorrow.

Martyn Williams covers mobile telecoms, Silicon Valley and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Martyn on Twitter at @martyn_williams. Martyn's e-mail address is martyn_williams@idg.com



Share:

More from Techworld

More relevant IT news

Comments



Send to a friend

Email this article to a friend or colleague:

PLEASE NOTE: Your name is used only to let the recipient know who sent the story, and in case of transmission error. Both your name and the recipient's name and address will not be used for any other purpose.

Techworld White Papers

Choose – and Choose Wisely – the Right MSP for Your SMB

End users need a technology partner that provides transparency, enables productivity, delivers...

Download Whitepaper

10 Effective Habits of Indispensable IT Departments

It’s no secret that responsibilities are growing while budgets continue to shrink. Download this...

Download Whitepaper

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving

Enterprise information archiving is contributing to organisational needs for e-discovery and...

Download Whitepaper

Advancing the state of virtualised backups

Dell Software’s vRanger is a veteran of the virtualisation specific backup market. It was the...

Download Whitepaper

Techworld UK - Technology - Business

Innovation, productivity, agility and profit

Watch this on demand webinar which explores IT innovation, managed print services and business agility.

Techworld Mobile Site

Access Techworld's content on the move

Get the latest news, product reviews and downloads on your mobile device with Techworld's mobile site.

Find out more...

From Wow to How : Making mobile and cloud work for you

On demand Biztech Briefing - Learn how to effectively deliver mobile work styles and cloud services together.

Watch now...

Site Map

* *