The Future is Now…..The Hydrogen-Powered Vehicle
The 2015 Hyundai Hydrogen-Powered Tucson Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) recently made its debut at a Boston Car Show. At this time, the car is being taken for a test run; however, the main issue, is making the car accessible to the general public. The purpose of the Boston appearance was to raise the awareness of policymakers as to the growth potential for this product. Greater access to hydrogen refueling centers, will facilitate the wider distribution of these vehicles. There is a plan afoot with investors to have the hydrogen-powered car ubiquitous on the roads of New England. Currently, The Tucson Fuel Cell Vehicle is only available for lease to customers in Southern California for $499 per month, for a period of three years, after a down payment of $2,999.
At the 2012 World Hydrogen Energy Conference, Daimler AG, Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota, pledged to put their cars on the market by 2015. Toyota plans to introduce the Toyota Mirai FCV into the greater L.A. area by mid 2015, due to the wide availability of hydrogen fueling stations. This new car from Toyota, http://www.businessweek.com/videos/2014-11-23/can-toyotas-hydrogen-powered-vehicle-go-the-distance,could very well mark the start of a new and growing trend in hydrogen-powered transportation. The technology is cutting edge, and offers a level of sophistication and luxury, with its smooth lines and reported spaciousness. The interior of the car is yet to be revealed.
The Toyota Mirai FCV combusts hydrogen and oxygen over a catalyst, and produces enough power to accelerate to 60mph in just under 10 seconds! According to the video embedded within this article, the car is expected to cost around $56,000 before taxes. The winning formula of hydrogen gas + oxygen = electric current, heat, and water as the only by-product, is the formula conducive to the environmental trends and consciousness of our contemporary cityscape.
The expanded use of hydrogen for powering transportation is the principal component of an emerging hydrogen-powered economy. There are many companies today that are starting to develop the necessary infrastructure. It is imperative that there be sufficient capital invested into expanding all segments of this infrastructure. With 400 miles between refills, and the price expected to be cheaper than gasoline-this car, according to the video presenter, promises ‘to go the distance’.