Toyota FCV

Jackpot! Las Vegas will appropriately be the site of a little showtime on the part of Toyota and its hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle development efforts. The Japanese automaker will use the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Sin City to showcase both the FCV concept vehicle (in its first North America showing; the vehicle debuted in Tokyo a few weeks ago) and the "test mule" that has been driven "thousands of miles" for durability testing on US roads. CES takes place from January 7th through the 10th.

Toyota's fuel-cell vehicle has actually been more than two decades in the making. The company has been working on fuel cells since 1992 and unveiled its first trial vehicle, in the guise of an H2 Highlander SUV, in 1996. The platform for the test mule appears to be that of a Lexus HS 250h. Autoblog was able to drive a prototype of Toyota's fuel-cell vehicle this year, but even we don't know the specifics of the power supplied by either the fuel-cell stack or the electric motor in the concept. The prototype had 98 horsepower and 105 pound-feet of torque and drove "like a peppier Prius." The car will have a maximum range of about 300 miles

Toyota hasn't yet gotten around to talking about the price tag on the first fuel cell vehicles, which are set to go on sale in 2015, but the word's out that it will likely be in the $50,000 range. Perhaps we'll learn more in Vegas. Check out Toyota's very short press release below.
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Toyota Fuel Cell Concept Sedan Debuts at 2014 Consumer Electronics Show

TORRANCE, Calif., (Dec. 18, 2013) – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., will debut the FCV, a sedan based fuel cell vehicle, at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The reveal will feature the North America debut of the concept vehicle as well as an introduction to the fuel cell "test mule", which logged thousands of miles during rigorous quality and durability testing on U.S. roadways. Toyota's news conference will be held Monday, January 6 at 1:00 PM at the Mandalay Bay Conference Center.