Electric-only cars might be hot-topic right now, but Toyota is pursuing another eco-friendly alternative to petrol engines with its FCV concept.
The company is now claiming the vehicle will be available sometime in 2015—at least if you live in California where (hopefully) hydrogen refill stations will be plentiful by then.
The FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle) borrows the same Hybrid Synergy Drive used in the Toyota Prius, but swaps out the gas engine for a hydrogen fuel cell. While hydrogen refill stations are few and far between right now, Toyota is hoping that tiny downside will be outweighed by the benefits of a fuel cell vehicle: including its estimated 300-mile range on a single fill-up, and water vapour being the most harmful thing the FCV emits.
Toyota is still being quite on pricing, numbers, and an exact date of availability for the FCV concept (or whatever they end up calling the vehicle) but it's now working closely with the University of California Irvine's Advanced Power and Energy Programme (APEP) to help map out the best spots to install hydrogen fuel stations across the state so that early adopters will actually be able to use their vehicles. [Toyota]