Toyota’s Display of Fuel Cell Car Was Only the Third in North America
Toyota’s display of its new hydrogen fuel cell concept vehicle at ACT Expo 2014 early this month was only the third public appearance for the vehicle in North America.
The vehicle was unveiled in Tokyo this year prior to being shown at CES, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, and participated in Earth Day Events in New York City last month.
As reported in Fleets & Fuels and in the ShowTimes daily news magazine at ACT Expo, Toyota is stepping it up in hydrogen, disclosing a new pact with infrastructure provider FirstElement Fuel.
Toyota Backing Infrastructure Efforts Too
FirstElement has been designated for nearly $27.6 million from the California Energy Commission to build 19 hydrogen fueling outlets, two of them to be based wholly on renewables (F&F, May 2). Toyota pledged to support the Newport Beach-based company with a loan of at least $7.2 million.
“FirstElement will work to develop an integrated and reliable network of fueling stations across California in target market locations approved by Toyota, and consistent with the California Fuel Cell Partnership Road Map,” Toyota said.
CEC has designated Linde for $4.25 million for hydrogen stations in Oakland and San Ramon, the latter to be a public access station adjacent to the Toyota San Francisco regional office and parts distribution center.
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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2014 in Long Beach, Calif.