The German Government is investing around 2 billion euros to support the development of hydrogen fuel cell and electric vehicle technologies through CEP, and Toyota will introduce five of its zero-emissions FCHV-adv hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to the programme in Germany by 2011.
“We firmly believe that fuel cell hybrid vehicles will play a major role in reducing emissions and achieving sustainable mobility, alongside petrol and plug-in hybrids and pure electric vehicles,” Tadashi Arashima, President and CEO Toyota Motor Europe, said in a release. “These various applications of full hybrid technology will each play their role and co-exist in the future.”
The latest contraptions in Toyota’s product range is currently being displayed at the Geneva Auto Show,
The Toyota FCHV-adv is also on show in Geneva, equipped with a high pressure hydrogen storage tanks give a cruising range of more than 500 miles – more than twice that of its predecessor.
“Toyota aims at the commercialization of fuel cell vehicles around 2015,” Arashima continued, “To achieve this goal a hydrogen charging infrastructure is necessary, so close tie-ups between car manufacturers and infrastructure companies are of vital importance. ”
Other CEP partners are setting up “CO2-free” and hydrogen filling stations at key locations between Berlin and Hamburg, while also campaigning to increase the proportion of hydrogen fuel produced from renewable sources to 50 percent.