Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has begun leasing its new fuel cell hybrid vehicle model, the TOYOTA FCHV-adv (Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle-advanced), to Japan's Ministry of the Environment.

TMC also plans to lease the TOYOTA FCHV-adv, which improves on the cruising distance and low-temperature start-up performance of the previously leased TOYOTA FCHV, to other national government entities, local governments and companies in or related to the energy industry.

By leasing its fuel cell hybrid vehicles, TMC can obtain real-world feedback for further development, including efforts to improve the durability and reduce the cost of its proprietary high-performance polymer electrolyte fuel cell, the Toyota FC Stack.

TOYOTA FCHV

This leasing, as well as TMC's participation in other cooperative efforts with the government, the energy industry and other parties concerned is aimed at helping to bring about the widespread use of fuel cell vehicles.

TMC became the world's first automaker to commercialise a fuel cell vehicle when it began leasing the TOYOTA FCHV in Japan in December 2002.

Vehicle Specifications

Vehicle

TOYOTA FCHV-adv

Overall length/width/height (mm)

4,735/1,815/1,685

Weight (kg)

1,880

Seating capacity

5

Maximum cruising range (km)*

10-15 test cycle/JC08 test cycle

Approx. 830/Approx. 760

Maximum speed (km/h)

155

Fuel Cell

Name

Toyota FC Stack

Type

Polymer electrolyte

Output (kW)

90

Motor

Type

Permanent magnet

Maximum output in kW

90

Maximum torque in Nm

260

Fuel

Type

Hydrogen

Storage system

High-pressure storage system

Maximum storage pressure (MPa)

70

Tank capacity (L)

156

Battery

Nickel-metal hydride

Lease term

30 months