A power outage next year may not be so darkCan the FCV actually power your home for a week?
With the community of manufacturers exploring hybrid and fully electric vehicles steadily increasing, it was only a matter of time before an automotive manufacturer would think outside the box.
Toyota did just that and the Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) concept that could be on sale as early as next year is how they are going to do it. A decade and a half ago, Toyota unveiled the Prius which was essentially the figurehead of what it means to have a hybrid vehicle. The FCV could be another first for Toyota. Through the use of hydrogen fuel cells, Toyota believe they have demonstrated the pinnacle of almost 20 years of laborious research. According to Toyota engineers, the FCV’s electric motor is capable of generating 100 kilowatts, pair that with a full tank of hydrogen fuel and it could produce enough electricity to power a relatively normal-sized home for a week. Now that is out of this world.
Toyota is looking at an actual safe external power supply that could be used in conjunction with the vehicle and the home. In the recent power outage Toronto had, I sure would have loved one of these. Although the FCV was obviously not just meant to be a home power generator, it is a promising feat from Toyota and sure to be stated in the FCV catalogue. Toyota has also been noted as dispatching Prius’ in Japan after the 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, as a means of power generation.
Unlike it’s electric vehicle counterparts such as the Tesla Model S and Fisker Karma, FCV drivers will not have to worry about running out of juice. The fact that limited range not being an issue will help deliver 300 miles (482 kilometers) on a single tank of hydrogen. As an added bonus refueling will just take three to five minutes. With that being said, I cannot wait for a hydrogen powered supercar. Perhaps a Lexus LF-A? One can only dream.