TOKYO – Toyota is rolling out its next hydrogen fuel cell passenger car this year in a bid to more than double its global sales of the zero-emissions technology in the fiscal year.
Toyota has no plans at present to sell the hydrogen variant in the U.S.
But a preproduction prototype of the fuel cell Crown on display at Fuji Speedway late last month was a left-hand drive model, indicating the car is headed for some overseas markets in addition to Japan.
Hydrogen fuel cell technology is a critical link in Toyota Motor Corp.'s multipronged strategy for achieving carbon neutrality. The addition of a second passenger vehicle to its fuel cell lineup, following the Mirai, brings Toyota a step closer to popularizing the technology.
Currently, Toyota sells only two hydrogen fuel cell vehicles — the Mirai and the Sora fuel cell bus.