Toyota appears to be unfazed by all the negative media attention lately. The carmaker will now embark on implementing a recent deal struck between Toyota and the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP). In Germany, plans are underway for the development of hydrogen filling stations and a fuel supply network.
The German Government will pour in a 2 billion euro investment to support the development of hydrogen fuel cell and electric vehicle technologies through CEP. On the other hand, Toyota is set to introduce five of its zero-emissions FCHV-adv hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by 2011.
In a release, Tadashi Arashima, President and CEO Toyota Motor Europe, said that the company believes that fuel cell hybrid vehicles have a major role in reducing emissions and achieving sustainable mobility, alongside petrol and plug-in hybrids and pure electric vehicles. Arashima believes that these different applications of hybrid technology will co-exist in the future.
These contraptions are currently displayed at the Geneva Motor Show where we also see the Toyota FCHV-adv hydrogen fuel cell hybrid, including the FT-EVII concept that Toyota plans to market in the US in 2012.
The Toyota FCHV-adv is installed with high pressure hydrogen storage tanks that allow for a cruising range of more than 500 miles, which is remarkable because it is more than twice that of its predecessor. Arashima revealed that the commercialization of these fuel cell vehicles is anticipated to come at around 2015. But to achieve this goal, Arashima stated that there must be a hydrogen charging infrastructure.