Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicles 

The chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen can produce clean electrical energy with no emissions except water vapour. Since 1992, we have been researching how to store this energy in a fuel cell that can drive a car long distances.

In 2002, we built the world’s first Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle (FCHV), replacing the petrol engine in Toyota’s full hybrid system with the Toyota FC Stack – a fuel cell developed completely in-house.

Toyota’s next generation Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle, the FCHV-adv (advanced) offers a 25% improvement in fuel efficiency compared to its predecessor, has a single fill-up cruising range of 830 kilometres, and will operate in temperatures as low as -30º Celsius.

Toyota has been leasing the latest model FCHV-adv to Japan’s Ministry of Environment and to other government bodies and energy-related companies since September 2008.

This road-testing programme is designed to secure real-world feedback on the FCHV-adv, helping to advance R&D and improve both the durability and costs linked to production of the vehicle’s high-performance polymer electrolyte fuel cell, the Toyota FC Stack.

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