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Toyota FCV Concept: An Interview Yoshikazu Tanaka, Planning And Leader For Fuel Cell

Heralding the fuel cell Toyota plans to launch in as a pioneer in the development of hydrogen-powered the Toyota FCV Concept makes its debut at the 2014 Geneva Show.

In charge of planning and for fuel cell vehicles, Tanaka discusses the numerous of this promising technology.

Tanaka is Product General of the Product Planning Group. a master’s degree in engineering at University, he joined Toyota in He was assigned to the development of automatic such as the 4-speed AT for the first-generation

From March 2006 he was in Plug-in Hybrid vehicle and development, and, in 2007, planning and development leader for the Plug-in project. Since 2012, he has been in charge of and development for fuel cell

Tanaka-san, let’s start by fuel cell technology in Why does Toyota consider cell to be the best solution for mobility?

‘We regard fuel vehicles as promising environmentally vehicles of the future, with total energy (Well-to-Wheel) Hydrogen is an important energy for the future because it can be manufactured solar, wind, and other energy sources. It has a higher density than electricity in a battery, and is easy to store.

The merits of fuel cell include energy diversification, emissions, and the same usability as gasoline vehicles. Fuel vehicles have the potential to the ultimate environmentally friendly of the future, with the capability of sustainable mobility.’

Can you describe the Toyota vision/philosophy of mobility?

‘Toyota believes environmentally friendly vehicles can truly have a positive if they are widely used. the perspective of mobility zones on travel distance, hybrid and hybrid vehicles can match the usability of a current gasoline and become mainstream environmentally vehicles. An electric vehicle is for short-distance commuting, because of its cruising distance and long time.

On the other hand, cell vehicles are extremely with a long cruising and a short fuelling time. the hydrogen infrastructure needs to be At the moment, each environmentally vehicle has its own shortcomings, and it is up to our customers to which vehicle is best for

In order to give these what they want an appropriate timescale, we are committed to a broad range of technologies plug-in hybrid, electric and FCV, corresponding to the simultaneous of energy sources.’

Toyota work on fuel cell in 1992, and will put its first FCV on the in 2015. Can you tell us what the issues you have had to tackle as well as the biggest evolutionary

‘For a full-scale market of an FCV, the most important is the reduction of the fuel cell cost and, hence, the price. We’ve worked on FC systems more competitive; smaller, lighter and cheaper.

Our FC system has a world-class output density (3.0kW/ℓ), which is as high as that of our previous the Toyota FCHV-adv. Also its power is more than despite significant unit

We designed a new fuel cell that allows water to within, from cathode to humidifying internally and maintaining the moisture balance. Eliminating the for a humidifier allowed us to simplify the of the fuel cell system, it lighter, smaller and more

For a full-scale market launch in the cost of the fuel cell will be 95 per cent lower that of the Toyota FCHV-adv.’

is the link today between the ’s expertise in hybrid technology and the Did the hybrid expertise help you in the FCV

‘We regard our hybrid systems as the component technology necessary to eco-cars such as the plug-in electric vehicle and FCV. been able to readily and apply the technical know-how acquired through the development of technology to other eco-cars.

In the of the Toyota FCV Concept, we have the current hybrid system’s motor, power control and other parts and components. By existing parts, we are aiming to improve reliability and minimize

Do you think that a fuel vehicle can already match the usability of a current gasoline

‘An FCV has the same cruising range – than  500km – as a petrol car and an equally short fuelling -approximately 3 minutes, making it bit as convenient for day-to-day use as a current car. Also, its long range makes it possible to FCV technology to larger vehicles as buses and heavy trucks.’

How do you FC technology to evolve between and 2020?

‘In preparation for a period of full-scale FCV after 2020, we have a high priority on the research and of fuel cell vehicles to sales of several tens of of vehicles per year. We will our efforts to increase the commercial of fuel cell vehicles by the vehicle price through the costs of the FC system, by improving and so on…’

Are there other cell-related initiatives within the group?

‘Toyota Group will be conducting research and into fuel-cell buses Motors, Ltd.), stationary cell cogeneration systems for use (Aisin Seiki Co. Ltd.), and forklifts and other industrial (Toyota Industries Corporation).

A new FC bus developed by Toyota and Hino will be launched in 2016. Group companies utilise the technology and know-how which individual company has cultivated. We continue these close and accelerate development of the FCV.’

How do you see production evolving in the next

‘Hydrogen can be manufactured from a of natural energy sources. We choose the most cost-effective and CO2 emission-heavy way to manufacture it, based on the circumstances of each region.’

How do you see the of the fuelling infrastructure?

‘Moves to a hydrogen fuelling infrastructure in the States are advancing in California. is also being made in particularly in Germany and Scandinavia. of a hydrogen infrastructure will be for the widespread adoption of fuel vehicles, and we expect that development to advance through the of infrastructure-related industries with the of the government.

Toyota will to develop fuel cell that can achieve high of consumer satisfaction, and will vehicles primarily in areas hydrogen infrastructure development is If consumer support for fuel vehicles can be obtained, this provide impetus for the further of the necessary infrastructure.

The lack of an adequate charging is currently handicapping Electric development? Do you think that the FCV have to face a similar

‘Because the FCV has the same cruising and refuelling time as a conventional car, the situation is different to in which the EV currently finds In terms of FCV infrastructure development, of refuelling sites is far more the number of sites. Hydrogen should be strategically placed in to provide maximum coverage needing too many stations to be

So, we can state that, in Europe only 77 stations and over 100 year will allow a European territory coverage, for instance Norway to Switzerland via Denmark and Germany. Even if it is not as as today’s petrol station, 200-300km between each is a reasonable starting point.

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will continue to work with governments, related and research institutes, and to develop cell vehicles that can high levels of consumer which would provide for the development of infrastructure.’

Are there any issues regarding the use of hydrogen in a

‘The risk of a hydrogen is relatively low unless the gas accumulates in a space. So Toyota’s basic concept for the hydrogen in an FCV is primarily to leakage by design and material In the event of hydrogen leakage, the gas is and the hydrogen tank main valves are closed immediately to a large leak.

Our design does not allow hydrogen to accumulate, or come the cabin.

We have conducted a of strict tests, including tests, and the safety of this has been confirmed through

Are there any specific recycling

‘Regarding parts we utilize the existing hybrid system, we recycle them in the same way as We will also aim for the same of recycling for any fuel cell-specific

Now, about the FCV Concept what are the merits of the FCV?

A cell vehicle has four firstly, usability –a long, than 500km cruising and a short, 3 minute fuelling secondly, driving pleasure smooth acceleration and silent thirdly, zero emissions; finally, energy diversification.’

are the main design features of the FCV Concept?

‘To create a vehicle expressed a sense of values before available, our aim was to come up a design that let people at a glance that this car the practically of a sedan, the joy of driving, the of high environmental performance and the new of an FCV.

With the theme shape to the wisdom of fuel we sought a new genre of design. For the we expressed an image of “breathing in air and water” and use a design that two grilles, one on the left and one on the right.’

the FCV Concept body shape any particular technical needs of the cell stack, for example, the of the air intake?

‘With Toyota’s proprietary, light-weight FC Stack and two 70 MPa high-pressure tanks placed beneath the designed body, the Toyota FCV can accommodate up to four occupants. The front view features air intakes, evoking a fuel stack.’

What is the status of of the fuel cell sedan for launch in 2015?

‘We are in the final of development, conducting all kinds of on ordinary roads and in cold and extremely hot climates, for example.  continuing these road and other testing, we will with development until we a standard that will satisfy consumers and further the vehicle’s reliability.

Will the or chassis of the Toyota FCV Concept be for the fuel cell vehicle to launch in 2015?

‘We are thinking of the Toyota FCV Concept packaging. The exterior design does a commercial launch into however, there are design that are show model-specific As such, the FCV will not be launched as it appears in Geneva.’

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