New Arrival of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles in 2015

March 26, 2013 in Auto News, expensive cars, New cars by admin

Vehicles that are powered by different energy sources and they should eventually replace all the gasoline-powered vehicles and become a normal thing, instead of being amazing that only the environmentally awake or those who can pay for it choose to buy. Most common fuels are bio fuels, natural gas, electricity, and hydrogen. In recent years, hydrogen fuel has attracted the large car manufacturers, focusing their attention to increasing hydrogen fuel cells that could be mass produced within a couple of years. Honda, Toyota, Ford and Nissan are the companies that are at the fore front of increasing hydrogen fuel cell technology.

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Toyota has announced to start selling hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as 2015, which is earlier than other car makers working on the same technology. They have been working on it intensively for quite some time and made important progress in the last 3-4 years, with the FCV-R concept estimated to be ready for mass production by 2015. It’s a full size sedan, with a fuel cell mounted underside the body. The fuel cell system consists of 70MPa high pressure hydrogen tank, which allows you to travel up to 400 miles per charge.

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Another Japanese car maker is also making some serious advances in this division. They have unveiled the FCX Clarity concept, which is powered by a hydrogen tank joint with a lithium ion battery and an electric drive motor. The battery stores electricity and the hydrogen tank stores hydrogen, while electricity is generated thanks to the V Flow fuel cell stack. The electric drive motor is there to push the vehicle. It provides 134 horsepower and 189 lb-ft of torque, and travel 240 miles with no need of refueling.

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It’s clear that we will be seeing a lot hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the future, and while they are a bit too luxurious for the middling consumer now, they should become more reasonable as people start viewing increased interest for more energy efficient and environmentally and friendly vehicles, and car makers see that mass-producing hydrogen fueled cars may be economically feasible.