7 Things to Love About Toyota’s Fuel Cell Beauty
2. There’s power under the…hood?
Since the hydrogen-electric powertrain in the FCV is so unique, it takes a few looks at the dissected model vehicle Toyota offers to auto show attendees to get the picture. However, the questions are answered while hopping inside the fuel-cell vehicle, where the driver gives you a taste of the power available via fuel cells. In its quiet yet swift acceleration, the feeling is similar to other electric powertrains.
3. No charging is necessary
The biggest knock on electric vehicles is how long you have to wait for the lithium-ion batteries to charge. Using a regular outlet at home, it can take the whole night to charge a car’s batteries. In the case of fuel cells, the cars can cover hundreds of miles on a single batch of fuel. Hydrogen transfers into usable power for the car’s electric motor during the ride. When the hydrogen tanks are empty, they are replaced with full tanks in a process that takes fewer than five minutes.
4. The FCV’s emissions are only water.
If you hate smog, you’ll love the Toyota FCV. All that comes out of the tailpipe is a little water. There are no fumes, so anyone hoping to reduce their carbon footprint has an ally in fuel-cell vehicles.