Upcoming Toyota FCV Will Power Your House at Need

Unless you are the talented Canadian engineer that used a Prius to power his home in the blizzard, you can’t use your hybrid’s battery to supply your home with electricity when needed. However, Toyota’s upcoming FCV fuel cell car promises to be able to do that.
Toyota FCV fuel cell 1 photo
Photo: Toyota
Set to go on sale next year, the Toyota FCV is demonstrating its potential as a back-up domestic energy supplier at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. The vehicle’s electric motor can produce more than 100 kW and with a full tank of hydrogen, it can power a normal house for a week.

With the promising potential, engineers are now researching for an external power supply device that could be used with the car to provide a safe way to connect it to the domestic electric wiring.

Of course, the FCV’s potential as an emergency power supply comes secondary to its main role as a zero-emission, practical vehicles. Benefiting from Toyota’s extensive fuel cell research and technology, the FCV has a range of about 300 miles on a full tank, and can be refilled as fast as 3-5 minutes, eliminating the waiting inconvenience of a normal EV that needs around six hours to recharge its battery.
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