Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles could be the answer to the fuel crisis. At this point, there are few hydrogen fueling stations and small demand for these types of cars. However, this may change shortly–and with good reason. Toyota leasing new life to fuel cells means big changes in the future.
This year, a pilot project headed by Toyota and various other companies will seek to generate hydrogen. Toyota Motor Corp. ingenious idea comes in a strange form: a forklift. The four-wheeler could jump-start the demand for hydrogen fuel and negate the impending oil crisis.
Toyota has already launched a fuel cell passenger vehicle in 2014, the Mirai. The company plans to create more of these types of cars in the future. Their inspiration is lead by wind-powered energy and using forklifts as a model for future vehicles.
Forklifts powered by fuel cells already exist on the market. They are an excellent tool for shuttling goods such as canned foods, vegetables, and beverages around wholesale stock-rooms. With imagination, Toyota says that they can use the same ingenuity to power cars to transport human beings.
Windmills will generate and harness the electricity needed to make this plan a reality. It is a green way to run an everyday necessity. At least 80% of carbon dioxide emissions generated by a typical gasoline-powered car become eliminated by the use of electricity-driven engines. Grid generated electricity is not only less costly to the environment, but also to consumer’s wallets.
The batteries take three minutes or less to be refueled and do not need to have parts replaced often. In comparison, lead-acid batteries can take anywhere from six to eight hours to recharge.
The aim is to be more environmentally friendly as well as drive down fuel prices. By creating a sustainable power source, Toyota hopes to increase the demand for this type of fueling station. Toyota leasing cars is no surprise, but their new idea is astounding.
It may seem impossible that the same energy that powers a forklift could also drag a two-ton vehicle across the road. However, consider that even right now fuel cell forklifts and industrial vehicles pull massive planes at airports.
Toyota has projections that nearly 100,000 fuel cell-powered vehicles will be manufactured and used by the public before the year 2030.