In the past decade, Toyota has cemented itself as the world’s leading eco-friendly automaker. Visit your local Toyota dealership and you’ll find some of the most fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly vehicles, including the best-selling Prius. But soon you’ll be able to test drive the next chapter in clean-driving technology: Hydrogen fuel cells. The Toyota Mirai is expected to begin production in late 2015. Until then, here is a primer on the fuel cell technology inside Toyota’s next-generation FCV.
Hydrogen and Oxygen
The hydrogen fuel cell stack is a tried-and-tested way to power a range of products, from submarines to backup power generators. The process starts by pumping hydrogen into special fuel tanks. Hydrogen then travels from the tanks to the fuel cell stack, where it goes through a chemical reaction with oxygen, creating electricity to power the vehicle. When you step on the accelerator, electricity from the fuel cell stack is sent to the motor, moving you forward.
One of the most exciting benefits of hydrogen fuel cell technology is the fact that the only by-product of creating electricity with hydrogen and oxygen is water, which leaves through the tailpipe. Toyota’s FCV, along with other fuel cell vehicles, have the potential to greatly lower gas emissions in the U.S. and around the world.
Of course, the only thing more important to Toyota than fuel efficiency is vehicle safety. After millions of miles of road tests, track tests, crash tests, and fuel tank experiments, Toyota’s fuel cell system has proven itself safe and ready to take the automotive industry forward. From specially designed carbon fiber hydrogen tanks to intelligent monitoring systems and automatic shut-off valves, every feature inside the Toyota FCV meets Toyota’s rigorous safety standards.
If you would like to know more about Toyota’s cutting-edge technologies that are revolutionizing the automotive industry, visit Jerry’s Toyota of Baltimore. Our knowledgeable staff is happy to answer any questions you have about the past, present, or future of Toyota. Visit our website to see our current selection of new and used Toyota cars, or call us toll-free at (410) 661-5700 to schedule a test drive.