Toyota believes in its fuel cell technology. In fact, it wants other automakers to get on the bandwagon so desperately, it has decided to allow competitors to use its Toyota hydrogen car patents, for free, until 2020. Now that’s commitment.
While most of us can agree that hydrogen fuel cell cars offer the best of all worlds–they are green, require no gasoline, take very little time to refuel, and have an impressive driving range—without a large network of hydrogen refueling stations, fuel cell vehicles are going nowhere fast.
Early adopters in California are taking advantage of a number of perks and advantages (including free hydrogen), but outside of that, it’s just not a practical vehicle—yet.
According to Forbes, Toyota believes that fuel cell vehicles are the vehicles of the future. In an effort to kick-start the revolution, the automaker is willing to give up all of its hydrogen fuel cell technology secrets, including those behind the new Mirai. Toyota hopes that in doing so, other automakers will get on-board.
“At Toyota, we believe that when good ideas are shared, great things can happen,” Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations at Toyota Motor Sales USA, said at this year’s CES. “The first generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, launched between 2015 and 2020, will be critical, requiring a concerted effort and unconventional collaboration between automakers, government regulators, academia and energy providers. By eliminating traditional corporate boundaries, we can speed the development of new technologies and move into the future of mobility more quickly, effectively and economically.”
Here at Wondries Toyota, we think it’s an exciting time for fuel cell technology. We want to know what you think—could fuel cell vehicles be the car of the future, or is it just a waste of time? Tell us in the comments!