Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Get Recognized.
Let an ISACA® certification
enhance your career.

Register for an Exam Today
Innovation
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Toyota Touts Fuel Cell Cars by 2015
Toyota Touts Fuel Cell Cars by 2015

By Seth Fitzgerald
November 20, 2013 1:45PM

    Bookmark and Share
Hyundai, Toyota, GM, and others are all working hard to come out with fuel-cell cars before 2015 and perhaps as early as 2014. However, the existence of fuel-cell cars such as Toyota and others are promising does not automatically mean that the market will be able to shift, so most people will probably not be driving non-gas cars any time soon.
 



Among the various emission-free car designs that are growing in popularity is one for fuel-cell vehicles. And Toyota said it may be coming out with a fuel-cell car by 2015. But the car maker may actually be beat by rival Hyundai, which wants to come out with the cleaner, electric vehicles in 2014.

These fuel-cell designs are relatively new and while Toyota and Hyundai are optimistic regarding when they can manufacture them, other car companies are unsure how they are going to do it. Fuel-cell vehicles are different from battery-powered cars and for the average consumer, they may be better options since they recharge significantly faster.

Better Than Batteries

Tesla, Ford, and other mainstream car manufacturers are entering into the zero emission car market with battery-powered vehicles. Although this is the most common type of non-gas vehicle, fuel-cells car may end up being better since they recharge in a matter of minutes and can travel 300 miles on a charge.

If fuel-cell cars become more popular, the recharging stations could function like gas stations, with people coming in and out but only spending a few minutes at the station. However, battery-powered vehicles take at least 15 minutes to partially charge and, even then, some of the current battery-powered cars cannot easily travel 300 miles before they run out of juice.

Fuel cell cars are based around hydrogen-power, which has been in the works for decades but only recently gained any real attention from consumers and manufacturers. For a long time it was thought that gas would always remain the most viable option for powering cars.

When it comes to cost, fuel-cell cars do not come at a higher price -- for the most part. Instead, Toyota is expecting its fuel-cell model to sell for between $50,000 and $100,000 and the company will be trying to get the price as close to the lower figure as possible. Of course, a $50,000 car is out of reach for many people but it sports the same price tag as current high-end consumer vehicles.

Some Concerns

Hyundai, Toyota, GM, and others are all working hard to come out with fuel-cell cars before 2015 and perhaps as early as 2014. However, the existence of fuel-cell cars does not automatically mean that the market will be able to shift, so most people will probably not be driving non-gas cars any time soon.

There are quite a few obstacles that have yet to be overcome by these car manufacturers. The biggest of which is building charging stations around the United States and making them as prevalent as gas stations. Of course, to start, the charging stations will not be as common as gas stations but in order for fuel-cell cars to become mainstream, they will have to eventually be on every corner.

Combine the logistics of building a massive amount of charging stations with the fact that fuel-cell stations cost quite a bit more than charging stations for battery-powered cars, and the idea of non-gas vehicles becoming mainstream still seems a little far off.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



APC has an established a reputation for solid products that virtually pay for themselves upon installation. Who has time to spend worrying about system downtime? APC makes it easy for you to focus on business growth instead of business downtime with reliable data center systems and IT solutions. Learn more here.


 Innovation
1.   Bell Labs Pushes Copper Line to 10 Gbps
2.   IBM Earmarks $3B for Next-Gen Chips
3.   Google, SAP, More Fight Patent Trolls
4.   Qualcomm Moves Advance WiGig
5.   Review: Android Wear Simplifies


advertisement
Google, SAP, More Fight Patent Trolls
Firms want to innovate, not litigate.
Average Rating:
Review: Android Wear Simplifies
Aims to rein in confused marketplace.
Average Rating:
Google Glass Puts Fans in Action
Offers endless revenue opportunities.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Report: Chinese Hackers Hit U.S. Personnel Networks
Hackers from China broke into the computer networks of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management earlier this year with the intention of accessing the files of tens of thousands of federal employees.
 
Charges: Russian Stole Data from U.S. Restaurants, Zoo
A Russian man arrested on bank fraud and other charges hacked into computers at restaurants in Washington, hundreds of other retail businesses, and even the Phoenix Zoo, authorities say.
 
Another Month, Another IE-Focused Patch Tuesday
Microsoft rolled out 59 vulnerabilities for Internet Explorer in June. But the IE-patching party is not over yet. Redmond published six new security bulletins on Tuesday; two, critical; three, important.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Another Day, Another Internet of Things Consortium Is Born
In the emerging Internet of Things, zillions of devices will be talking to each other. Samsung, Intel and Dell just formed a consortium to ensure each thing can understand what others are saying.
 
Gartner Sales Study Sees Tablets Up, PCs Down but Recovering
Are PCs on the comeback trail? That depends on how you define "comeback." While tablet sales remain strong, Gartner's latest study found PC shipments aren't dropping as fast as they did last year.
 
Review: Warming Up to Tablets with Keyboard Covers
If you've ever thought tablets with keyboard covers were just a poor excuse for a laptop, think again. Nokia's Lumia 2520 comes with an optional keyboard cover that just may change your mind.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.