Toyota paved the way for the modern hybrid with its Prius back in the late 1990s. It changed the automotive world forever for better or worse, depending on whom you ask. And now Toyota is looking to do the same thing again with hydrogen cars, the first of which will launch in 2015. The Japanese automaker has just made the announcement at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
If you recall, Toyota unveiled its FCV Concept in November, and it was generally well received. The concept previewed a four door mid-size sedan which Toyota is claiming will be turned into an affordable production car. Sales will initially begin in California, which is the only US state that currently has hydrogen refueling stations. At the moment there are very few of them, but Toyota is hoping additional hydrogen fuel stops will be added once the car hits the road and consumer demand increases. The car will supposedly achieve a 300-mile range and a 3-5 minute fill-up time, though this fact alone won’t stop the spread of hydrogen exploding jokes.