Toyota has announced that by the year 2015 they will be selling hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for around $50,000 each, cutting the costs from half a decade earlier by about 90-percent. And not only this, but Toyota has stated that at $50,000 apiece the hydrogen fuel autos will make the company a profit.
This week, at the National Hydrogen Association (NHA) Conference and Expo in Long Beach, California, Toyota spokesman Yoshihiko Masuda stated, “Toyota cut expenses to make the vehicles by reducing platinum use to about one-third the previous level and finding cheaper ways to produce the thin film used in the fuel cells and the autobon-fiber hydrogen fuel tanks …”
Some of the countries that Toyota intends to introduce its production hydrogen autos into include the United States, Germany, Japan and perhaps even South Korea. And in this group, in the next 5 years, California will get its fair share of hydrogen autos by Toyota and other manufacturers.
California Governor Schwarzenegger, who gave a speech and received an award at the NHA Conference and Expo this week, stated that by 2017 there will be 45,000 production hydrogen autos on the roads in California.
The governor says California is building hydrogen communities in such places as Santa Monica, Irvine, Los Angeles, Torrance, Newport Beach and Burbank. Governor Schwarzenegger ended his speech telling the hydrogen advocates that even when he’s out of office he will be a lifelong partner in alternative energy and sounding a bit like a democrat, he said, “Yes, we can.” For a short time, you’ll be able to watch the video of this speech on the government website.
So, with $50,000 Toyota hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for sale and hydrogen communities in place to provide hydrogen fuel look for the year 2015 to be a transformational year towards a clean energy future.