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Toyota claims that it will be ready to begin selling hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by next year

Toyota says that it will have full production hydrogen fuel cell vehicles on sale by 2015. While the main focus for the manufacturer at the Geneva Motor Show was the new Aygo, it exposed that all its plans for the new fuel cell cars were on track and would be available to buy in 2015.

Gerald Killmann, European projects director at Toyota, explained that it would be available across all markets by next year. “In 2015 we will bring the fuel cell vehicle to Japanese market, US and Europe.” It will depend on the infrastructure of EU countries when it comes to availability.

Toyota is hoping to copy the success it had in the early days of hybrid cars, which saw the Prius become a huge international success . Although the company recognises that infrastructures issues make popularising fuel-cell vehicles a far harder task that it was with hybrid cars.

The first production car to carry the new powertrain is likely to be very similar to the FCV, which was on show at the maker’s stand at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show “The FCV is quite close to what we will launch in 2015. Bodyshape as a sedan, it’s clearly visible,“ he said.

The new car won’t be cheap, with Killman saying that it won’t sell for any less than 10million Yen, which works out at around £58,000 at the current exchange rate. Despite the infrastructural challenges, Toyota believes that sales volumes will pick up within the next ten years. “In the 2020s, there will be significant sales, so we will see volumes of 10,000 per year.”

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