TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Toyota Motor Corp. plans to electrify every vehicle in its lineup by 2025 with some type of hybrid option, but believes battery electric vehicles alone are not the answer.
Toyota is betting heavily on a future of cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells that emit only water vapor.
"We believe hydrogen fuel cell technology is the best clean energy that can be carried on board a vehicle," Andrew Lund, Toyota chief engineer, product development office, said Tuesday at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars. "There's a role for BEV, but there's also a role for hydrogen."
Lund said that developing and refining the fuel cells is a zero-emissions process, and that fuel cells don't require heavy batteries that take a long time to recharge. He said they also present better options for commercial businesses such as trucking.
On the opening day of the seminars, Toyota announced a second-generation hydrogen fuel cell semi-truck that has a range of more than 300 miles and runs virtually noiselessly. It follows the first fuel-cell semi that Toyota introduced in April 2017 and has tested for roughly 10,000 miles.