Toyota’s new fuel cell vehicle has been shortlisted for What Car? magazine’s Reader Award for the most eagerly anticipated new model of 2015.
Great Britain will be one the first markets across the world to receive the new saloon after the car was unveiled at the Paris motor show earlier this month.
It was also revealed last week that Business Minister Matthew Hancock announced that the UK government will be contributing £7.5 million to an £11 million investment programme.
As a result, the government is aiming to develop a national network of 15 hydrogen fuel filling stations by the end of 2015.
Hancock was speaking in Japan where he met with top executives from Toyota and other Japanese car manufacturers.
This commitment from the UK government is a significant step towards achieving the initial target of 65 refuelling stations which have been identified by the UK H2Mobility project.
H2Mobility consists of a group made up of both industry leaders and government ministers, and Toyota is a founding member.
The Fuel Cell Sedan is the world’s first hydrogen-powered saloon to go into full production and can be refuelled in just three minutes, with the only emissions produced being water vapour.
Toyota’s Fuel Cell Sedan is a development on the FCV Concept which was first unveiled back in 2013 at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Whilst Toyota has kept similar styling to the concept model, several detail changes have been made, including adjustments to the radiator grille, headlights, rear light and aerial, plus the roof and fuel filler cap.
For twenty years now, Toyota has been developing fuel cell vehicles behind closed doors as part of the manufacturer’s ongoing and significant commitment to environmentally friendly vehicles.
Hydrogen, in particular, is a promising alternative to fossil fuels as it can be produced using a wide range of primary energy sources, including solar and wind power, whilst also being easy to store and transport.
The Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan is tentatively priced at around £43,450 and availability will be at first limited to the regions in which hydrogen refuelling stations are available.
On sale in Japan by April of 2015, Toyota aims to have the Sedan ready for European and US markets by the end of next year, with prices to be announced closer to the time.