Fuel cell announcements dominate 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on November 27, 2014

The Los Angeles Auto Show used to be a venue dominated by plug-in electric vehicles and hybrids, as carmakers try to commit to the increasing demand for environment friendly units. But in this year’s edition of the show, EVs and hybrids were dwarfed by announcements of new hydrogen fuel cell concepts as well as investments into refueling infrastructure.

These announcements are a clear indication that carmakers are not just looking into EVs and hybrids as the future of clean transportation, but are also seeing a good promise in fuel cell vehicles. They are also an indication that carmakers are all set into creating a market for fuel cell vehicles.

For instance, Honda, a pioneer in fuel cell vehicle development, will spend $13.8 million to help build hydrogen fueling stations in California, a hotbed for clean-energy vehicles. Toyota is also supporting that move and is cooperating with other companies to set up refueling stations in the Northeast.

Volkswagen, meanwhile, has indicated that as soon as a sufficient fueling network is established, it would bring a range of hydrogen-powered vehicles to the market. Toyota also recently unveiled its first production fuel cell car, the Mirai, and announced that its sales will start next year at a starting price of $57,500, which excludes federal and California incentives of about $13,000.

Still, the price of the Mirai would fail to generate enough revenue to cover millions of dollars of r&d and component costs that Toyota has invested. However, the price is Toyota’s best estimate of how much a customer might be willing to shell out to buy a fuel cell car.

"We thought we could sell at this price level," Yoshikazu Tanaka, chief engineer of the Mirai and former chief engineer for the Prius plug-in hybrid, said.

Fuel cell vehicles -- adoption by consumers might be hampered by lack of fueling infrastructure – are considered more viable than plug-in EVs in terms of range and charging times. In fact, the Toyota Mirai and Honda’s FCV are capable of travelling 300 miles on a tank of hydrogen fuel and it just takes three to five minutes to refuel them at the refueling stations.

If you liked the article, share on:



At the end of this month, Toyota plans to reveal their new off-road SUV concept they call the FT-AC, which stands for Future Toyota Adventure Concept. So far, the company...
by - November 17, 2017
At the upcoming 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, Jaguar Land Rover plans to introduce a few interesting models. These include the newly refreshed Range Rover in SVAutobiography and SVAutobiography Dynamic...
by - November 16, 2017
Infiniti has finally unwrapped the 2018 QX80 SUV at the 2017 Dubai Auto Show and announced that it will bring it at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. While not...
by - November 16, 2017
Automakers typically release teasers online before any new vehicle’s live debut. After the previews of the Mazda6 and the BMW X3, it’s now Lexus that has shared images of its...
by - November 16, 2017
At the upcoming 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month, one of the cars that will be shown is the next generation Mazda6. The Japanese manufacturer is set to...
by - November 16, 2017

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Subscribe to our newsletter!