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Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Cell – On Sale Next Year

‘Toyota Car of the Future’ On Sale Next Year;

Opens 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

Reasonably priced hydrogen fuel cell electric targets 300-mile range, 3-5 minute fill-up 
LAS VEGAS (Jan. 06, 2014) – “We aren’t trying to re-invent the wheel;  just everything necessary to make them turn,” said Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A. Inc., at the opening of CES, the world’s largest trade show. “Fuel cell electric vehicles will be in our future sooner than many people believe, and in much greater numbers than anyone expected.”

Two vehicles shared the stage at the Toyota press conference: The FCV concept, showing what the four-door mid-size sedan will look like in Radiant Blue; and the camouflage-taped engineering prototype used for extensive and extreme on-road testing in North America for more than a year.  The prototype has consistently delivered a driving range of about 300 miles, zero-to-sixty acceleration of about 10 seconds, with no emissions, other than water vapor.  Refueling of its hydrogen tanks takes three to five minutes.

“Hydrogen works beautifully with oxygen to create water and electricity and nothing more,” said Carter. “For years, the use of hydrogen gas to power an electric vehicle has been seen by many smart people as a foolish quest. Yes, there are significant challenges. The first is building the vehicle at a reasonable price for many people. The second is doing what WE can to help kick-start the construction of convenient hydrogen refueling infrastructure.  We’re doing a good job with both and we will launch in 2015.”

For the last 20 years, Toyota’s investment in fuel cell R&D has been massive.  Since 2002, Toyota has been testing and developing a series of prototypes in North America. In those 11 years – and more than a million miles – it has dramatically reduced the cost of building a fuel cell powertrain.  In fact, Toyota estimates a 95-percent cost reduction in the powertrain and fuel tanks of the vehicle it will launch in 2015, compared to what it cost to build the original prototype in 2002.

The FCV represents a major engineering achievement, where the size and weight of its powertrain system was significantly reduced while maintaining an impressive total power output of more than 100kW. A fully-fueled vehicle will be capable of supplying enough energy to power a house for a week in an emergency. Engineers are currently looking to develop an external power supply device that could be used in this manner.

“There’s no doubt, that the success of this technology will depend less on the genius of the car, than on the ownership experience,” said Carter. “Cost is one thing, but convenience is another.”

Focusing on California, where the vehicle will be launched initially, Toyota has partnered with the University of California Irvine’s Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP) to help map out potential locations for new hydrogen fueling stations.

The APEP spatial model considers a variety of data including R.L. Polk ownership of hybrid and electric vehicles, traffic patterns, population density, and so on.  The model is based on the assumption that owners want to reach a refueling station within 6-minutes.

What the model produced was an initial cluster map that requires only 68 station sites in the San Francisco Bay area and Silicon Valley, as well as Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties.  If implemented, the mapped system could handle a fuel cell population conservatively estimated by APEP at about 10,000 vehicles.

Already, California has approved more than $200 million in funding to build about 20 new stations by 2015, a total of 40 by 2016, and as many as 100 by 2024. To help guide the construction of new stations, the APEP model is being used by:

  • the California Energy Commission,
  • the Governor’s Zero Emission Vehicle Initiative,
  • the California Air Resources Board,
  • the U.S. Department of Energy
  • and the California Fuel Cell Partnership.

“Stay tuned,” added Carter, “because this infrastructure thing is going to happen.”

While specific sales volumes will be announced closer to launch, Carter said that Toyota has revised initial market plans and requested additional vehicles.  More information will be announced in the weeks and months ahead, including U.S. sales volume targets, the name of the vehicle and comprehensive specifications and performance data.   Consumers interested in learning more about the Toyota Car of the Future can visit www.toyota.com/fuelcell.

 

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Toyota Fuel Cell Concept Debut

Toyota Fuel Cell Concept

 

TORRANCE, Calif., (Dec. 18, 2013) – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., will debut the FCV, a sedan based fuel cell vehicle, at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  The reveal will feature the North America debut of the concept vehicle as well as an introduction to the fuel cell “test mule”, which logged thousands of miles during rigorous quality and durability testing on U.S. roadways.  Toyota’s news conference will be held Monday, January 6 at 1:00 PM at the Mandalay Bay Conference Center.

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According to fueleconomy.gov “Fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) have the potential to significantly reduce our dependence on foreign oil and lower harmful emissions that contribute to climate change. FCVs run on hydrogen gas rather than gasoline and emit no harmful tailpipe emissions. Several challenges must be overcome before these vehicles will be competitive with conventional vehicles, but the potential benefits of this technology are substantial.”

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At Anderson Toyota we are always looking forward to and anticipating the latest in new vehicle production.   Toyota has been a leader in the world of hybrid technology, and fuel cell technology is the next logical step in responsible and earth friendly design.

 

 

Toyota Prius v . . . The Family Hybrid

Toyota Prius v at Anderson Toyota Rockford IL

Prius v is the Family Hybrid in an Expanding

Model Family

  • 42 MPG combined EPA fuel economy rating
  • More cargo space than most small SUVs
  • Premium-level safety systems and integrated multimedia
  • Innovative resin Panoramic View Moonroof

Largest in the line of Toyota Prius models, the Prius v at Anderson Toyota provides room for families with active lifestyles while offering 42 mpg combined fuel economy. The “v” stands for versatility in this highly efficient vehicle that offers more cargo room than most small SUVs.

For 2014, the Prius v gains daytime running lights (DRLs) and also offers the Panoramic View Moonroof as a standalone option on Prius v Three.

Utilizing the same proven Hybrid Synergy Drive system as Prius, Prius v offers estimated EPA fuel economy ratings of 44 mpg city, 40 mpg highway and 42 mpg combined.

Big Enough For Families and Cargo
In the Prius v, generous interior space and good visibility are complemented by a high seating position, ample head room and a roomy 35.9 inches of rear seat leg room. A low, wide-opening rear hatch accesses 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the 60/40 split folding rear seats, which expands to a generous 67.3 cubic feet with the seatbacks lowered. The fold-flat front-passenger seat allows the vehicle to carry long items. Sliding second row seats allow for easier ingress and egress and rear-storage flexibility, with a 45-degree recline for greater comfort.

The center-mounted instrument panel is a visually succinct, space-efficient design that is also easy to use. As with other Prius models, the driving controls including push button start, parking switch, drive-by-wire shift toggle, and driving mode buttons are immediately at hand. Instrument-panel controls, including a single dial automatic climate control, provide an advanced look and user-friendly function.

The cabin features a number of storage spaces, including dual glove boxes, a center console storage box and utility tray and five cup holders in large and medium sizes. Bottle holders are built into the front and rear door pockets, and most models feature an overhead storage space suitable for sunglasses. In addition to the larger main luggage compartment, there are storage units built into the sides and under the cargo platform for storing equipment such as car wash items or gloves. A special space for umbrellas is located under the rear seats.

An available seat material called SofTex is designed for easy cleaning, resisting spills and wear resistance in a family vehicle that could see heavy use on a daily basis. Soft to the touch, SofTex is lighter than leather and other traditional leatherette-type materials, and its production generates 99 percent fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs) than conventional synthetic leather production.

Advanced Connectivity 
Seamlessly integrated into the Prius v are state-of-the-art electronics and enhanced connectivity features. A Bluetooth wireless connection for compatible hands-free phones is standard, enhanced by an automatic phone book transfer function. A standard USB port allows playing of music and video from portable audio devices using the vehicle sound system and in-dash display screen, including full iPod integration.

The standard audio system has a 6.1-inch screen and six speakers. The screen displays the car’s energy monitor and fuel consumption data, and functions as the monitor for the integrated back-up camera and the Display Audio System. The screen also serves as a portal for the available navigation and Entune® App Suite.  An available HD Radio system enables CD sound quality from digital FM broadcasts and enhances analog and AM broadcast sound quality. The system includes HD Radio with iTunes tagging for future purchase and SiriusXM Satellite Radio™.

The available top-of-the-line audio is equipped with a seven-inch display and a Premium HDD Navigation system with Entune App Suite, and JBL Premium Audio. This system offers a split-screen feature that allows for simultaneously displaying navigation and audio information, and full iPod video integration.
The premium JBL GreenEdge™ audio system combines an eight-channel amplifier and door-mounted “acoustic lens” speakers to provide a high-quality sound.  The GreenEdge amplifier is lighter and more efficient than other amplifiers of similar output, drawing less energy than conventional systems and speakers.

Entune App Suite
The Entune App Suite takes advantage of the user’s smartphone to provide a richer in-vehicle experience with fully integrated access to navigation, entertainment and information services. Engaging mobile apps include Bing™, iHeartRadio, MovieTickets.com, OpenTable®, and Pandora®; info services include such as weather, traffic, fuel information (location and price), stocks and sports. Toyota Entune brings an extensive selection of music options to the vehicle, including iHeartRadio’s 750+ stations, and Pandora’s personalized music service. The audio systems featuring Entune® offer a voice recognition system.

Sleek, Aerodynamic and Efficient
Balancing spaciousness, distinctive design and smooth aerodynamics, Prius v has a low 0.29 coefficient of drag. Keeping air resistance low is the familiar triangular Prius silhouette. A flush surface from the front of the vehicle through the front pillar works with side “aerocorners” for exceptionally clean airflow. The smooth front sheetmetal blends into a carefully designed roof and cabin, leading to an optimized cabin-end shape that acts to converge side and roof airflow. Wheels and wheel caps are designed with aerodynamic efficiency in mind. These measures and others also help to suppress wind noise.

Enhancing the clean, low wind-resistance design are materials that keep the Prius v relatively light and easy to move. The door panels are foam-injected with polypropylene and the deck board with lightweight urethane to reduce weight by approximately 20 percent compared to conventional construction. Significant weight reduction was also achieved through the use of high-tensile grades of steel throughout the body along with aluminum in key body panels and systems.

A Toyota-first, the resin Panoramic View Moonroof with power retractable sunshades provides an open feeling in the cabin and is 40-percent lighter than a conventional glass roof of similar size. The construction also provides excellent heat insulation performance, reducing the load on the vehicle’s climate control system. The moonroof has an electrically operated shade system with a jam protection function.

The climate control system uses an electric compressor, so the air conditioning can run even when the gasoline engine shuts off, as it does under certain conditions in normal driving. Available LED headlights enhance visibility while reducing electric draw and are designed to be virtually maintenance free for the expected life of the vehicle.

Proven Hybrid Synergy Drive System 
The Hybrid Synergy Drive system in the Prius v is essentially the same as in the current Prius model. The system combines the output of a 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle, four-cylinder engine with an a 60kw (80 hp) electric motor that mainly works to power the compact, lightweight transaxle and another smaller motor that mainly works as the electric power source. Maximum motor drive voltage is 650 volts DC. The proven and practical nickel-metal hydride battery pack is the same as on the Prius, but with a cooling duct located under the rear seat.

Hybrid Synergy Drive’s combined 134 net system horsepower feels even stronger to the driver due to the unique way the system combines the power of the gasoline engine and electric motor. It is a series-parallel hybrid system that can provide power either from the engine alone, or the motor alone, or a mix of both.  Regenerative braking helps to recapture electrical energy under deceleration, which helps to reduce fuel consumption. An automatic start/stop system also helps to reduce fuel consumption in urban driving. The compact and lightweight gasoline engine operates very quietly and qualifies for SULEV and Tier2 Bin3 emissions standards.

Four Driving Modes
In addition to the standard driving mode, the Prius v includes an ECO driving mode, an EV driving mode, and a POWER mode. In POWER mode, enhanced mid-range response enables easier coping with slopes and mountainous terrain. In EV mode, the Prius v can run on battery power alone under certain conditions, at lower speeds, for up to about a mile. In ECO driving mode, the engine management system prioritizes fuel economy, managing throttle response and limiting power consumption from the air conditioning.

Pitch and Bounce Control; Better Ride, Better Handling
A feature introduced in the Prius v, Pitch and Bounce Control works with suspension enhancements to improve ride comfort and control in this larger Prius model. Pitch and Bounce Control uses the torque of the hybrid motor to enhance ride comfort and control. The system, working with wheel-speed sensors and in tune with the suspension, helps suppress bounce and toss motions to improve comfort for occupants. Because it helps control the balance and posture of the vehicle as a whole, it also functions to enhance handling response.  The Prius v comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, with 17-inch alloy wheels available as an option.

Cutting Edge Safety and Security
The Prius v platform is designed with a force-absorbing body structure. Increased use of high-strength steel, notably in the front frame members, is a key part of providing a strong body structure without increasing weight. Helping to protect the cabin from side and rear intrusions are similarly engineered reinforcements using high tensile steels, all designed to disperse energy strategically throughout the vehicle to help protect passengers.

Like all Toyota models, the Prius v features Toyota’s Star Safety System™, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. It also features the standard Smart Stop Technology brake-override system.

There are seven airbags, including a knee airbag for the driver. The front seat design helps lessen the possibility of whiplash injury during certain types of severe rear end collisions. A Vehicle Proximity Notification System helps alert pedestrians and cyclists of an oncoming vehicle operating in battery mode only, under certain conditions, by emitting a small warning sound. For 2014, a back-up camera monitor is now standard equipped on every Prius v.

An available Pre-Collision System (PCS) retracts seatbelts and applies the brakes in certain conditions when a frontal crash is unavoidable. It is paired with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Another available safety system, Safety Connect, can access a call center with a live operator who can dispatch police and emergency vehicles. The system offers automatic collision notification and a stolen vehicle locator feature, designed to track the location of the stolen vehicle via GPS and help guide police to recover it.

Peace of Mind Warranty Protection
Toyota’s 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and against corrosion with no mileage limitation. The hybrid-related components, including the HV battery, battery control module, hybrid control module and inverter with converter, are covered for eight years/100,000 miles. In applicable states hybrid-related component coverage is 15 years/150,000 miles with the exception of the hybrid battery, which is covered for 10 years/150,000 miles.

The Prius v also comes standard with Toyota Care, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.