Not too long ago, the automotive industry experienced a major shakeup when a wave of new hybrid vehicles hit the market, headlined by the popular Toyota Prius. These gas-electric hybrid vehicles offered drivers the chance to cut down significantly on gas expenditures and reduced the amount of CO2 emissions -- in other words, a real win-win for consumers and the environment alike.
Toyota Motor Corp. has become the undisputed leader when it comes to hybrid technology, thanks largely to the Prius family. Now, the automaker has set its sights on another revolutionary way to substantially cut down on emissions: eliminating the need for gas entirely.
Toyota is in the midst of developing a hydrogen fuel-cell powered car, which the automaker put on display recently in Japan. Hydrogen fuel cells power cars by producing electricity and emitting only water vapor from the tailpipe. The car Toyota designed would boast a 311-mile driving range per fueling.
Satoshi Ogiso, the Toyota engineer in charge of fuel cell development and electric-drive vehicle programs, revealed that the automaker has "already started work on the next-generation vehicle." If all goes according to plan, you can expect to see this innovative hydrogen car hit the market in the U.S. by next year as a 2015-model-year vehicle. In the meantime, Toyota plans to show off their hydrogen concept at this week's Tokyo Motor Show.
In the meantime, feel free to visit our Greater Boston Toyota dealership to check out the 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in and schedule a test-drive.