While attending the International Auto Show, I made a bee-line to Toyota to view their new roomier Prius. When I got to their booth, my eyes quickly shifted to the Company’s eye candy Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car. Sexy, Sleek and boosting impressive gas-less miles without the “electric plug-in anxiety.”
I was smitten.
I highly encourage you to listen to my interview with Jana Hartline, the Environmental Communication Manager for Toyota Motor Sales about their 2013 line-up. (It is 11 minutes.) Bear in mind, I remain cool through the interview but couldn’t wait to talk about the hydrogen fuel cell. Talk about a school girl’s crush.
What’s New in the Prius Family?
Well, Mama Prius gave birth to the new Prius v. (Did you get the announcement?) The “v” stands for versatility. This car has the same cargo capicity of a small SUV and achieves 42 miles to the gallon. Plus, it has tons of cargo space as well as more back seat leg room than the regular Prius. What family wouldn’t love that?
Personally, the “v” reminded me of a stretched out Prius. The look was not very stylish. Personally, I don’t see it appealing to the SUV loving crowd. It sits low like a car rather than your normal SUV. However, Prius has their loyal following and that’s all that matters.
Prius on Steroids
The next baby brother in the Prius family is the Prius Plug-in, which Jana lovingly called the “Prius on Steroids.” (The car is pictured above.) This car provides a longer electric range than the original Prius but also features the convenience of the hybrid technology. This newbie can be plugged into a regular outlet and be all charged up in three hours. Note, You can charge the car in 1.5 hours using a 220 volt system.
Prius C: Compact for the City Folks
The Prius c is a more compact, youthful looking car for city folks. Toyota’s goal is is to lure the younger crowd with this sportier version. Don’t you just love its orange color?
Here Comes the Hydrogen Fuel Cells
In 2015, Toyota will bring to market their sedan Fuel Cell Hybrid car. Its platform is based upon the Highlander mid-size sport utility vehicle. The car achieves an average of 350-400 miles on a single tank. According to Jana, this works out to an average of 65 miles/kg per gallon fuel economy. The tank holds 6 kilograms of hydrogen.
Then I raised my hand to ask a question? Where can you refuel? The California Hydrogen Project is further developing the infrastructure in California to support the project.
Price point? Jana stated the target price is $50,000.
Join the Conversation:
- Thoughts about the fuel cell technology?
- How do you feel about the look of the Prius v
- If you have shied away from Prius in the past due to its look, would you consider the Prius c?
- Do you own a Prius? Do you like driving it? How about the maintenance? Would you trade it in for a Prius plug-in?
Photos courtesy of Toyota