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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles are coming next year but they won’t be cheap

Japanese auto tycoons Honda and Toyota Will Launch Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles by 2015 But They Won’t Be Cheap to buy

Usually people said that they own very sophisticated technology in their electric cars especially in the case of some Tesla models. If you are one of them then here is something to perk you up that Honda and Toyota both plan to launch hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and both Japanese automakers are ready to showcase their models at showrooms by 2015.

Toyota-FCV-Concept

Toyota-FCV-Concept

It is not a surprising thing though that both automakers are working on hydrogen fuel cell technology because they have shown their concept models at several Auto Shows in the past. Honda is working on FCX Clarity and the tests are continuing since six years and now Honda has again restated their plan to launch the Clarity in 2015. They are now in a co-venture with GM in order to develop the fuel cell technology on further advanced bases.

Honda-FCX-Clarity

Honda-FCX-Clarity

Toyota is not far behind in the race of instigating fuel cell technology and at Detroit Motor Show, Toyota’s vice president for operations said that fuel cell technology is the future of automotive tech, and Toyota has been showing off different versions of the FCV Concept since Tokyo Motor Show and just like Honda, it has had plans to introduce fuel cell vehicles to market in 2015.

Both automakers expect to build 1000 units of fuel cell vehicles by 2015 in order to gradually ramp up the production process. This production process will be further increase to tens of thousands by 2020 but it will clearly depend on the hydrogen infrastructure development which is needed to refuel the vehicles
Pricing will be one of the major factors in the success of fuel cell vehicles and Toyota had said that their FCV concept would debut with a sticker price around $50,000. While on other hand, Honda has almost same price for its Clarity. We personally feel affection for the idea of fuel cell cars, but if grid powered vehicles lift-off first as they most likely will, the conversion to hydrogen could be a very tough sell.