Long time.Toyota expert says high-volume, hydrogen-powered fuel cell cars at least 25 years away
RICHARD TRUETT | Automotive News
Posted Date: 1/20/05
High-volume hydrogen-powered fuel cell cars are at least 25 years away, says Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.'s top fuel cell expert.
Even General Motors, which had been pushing for fuel cell vehicles by decade end, seems to be backing off from its goal of mass production of fuel cell vehicles by 2010.
GM just aims to have a fuel cell powertrain designed and validated by 2010.
Bill Reinert, Toyota's national manager of the Advanced Technology Group, says that without breakthroughs that cut the cost of fuel cell stacks and hydrogen-storage systems, fuel cell vehicles won't be mass produced until 2030 at the earliest.
Toyota, GM, DaimlerChrysler AG and Honda Motor Co. have been the industry leaders in fuel cell research.
All automakers are stymied by the same problems: Fuel cells powerful enough for automobiles cost roughly 10 times more than internal combustion powertrains.
Fuel cells perform poorly or not at all below 32 degrees. They are not durable enough to last 10 years and 10,000 miles.
Jim Press, COO of Toyota Motor Sales, says, "There is no target date for retail sales of hydrogen fuel cells."