Toyota Motor Corp To Test Fuel Cell Vehicles In UAE

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Japanese car manufacturer Toyota Motor Corp is exploring the potential of the zero emission fuel technology. The company has stated that it will commence testing its hydrogen fuel cell vehicle(FCV) in United Arab Emirates.

Toyota wants to test the fuel cell vehicles in hot and dry conditions of UAE. The carmaker will partner with Abu Dhabi green energy company Masdar, Abu Dhabi National Oil Co and French firm Air Liquide SA.

The test will also examine the feasibility of hydrogen, logistics, and business. As part of the testing program, Toyota will conduct driving and refueling tests using its Mirai fuel cell vehicle.

The Mirai FCV was launched back in 2015 as part of Toyota's ‘hydrogen society' in which the zero emission fuel will also power homes and vehicles.

Chairman, Toyota Motor Corporation, Takeshi Uchiyamada said, "As the (UAE) government continues to promote new initiatives and pursues the creation of a hydrogen-based society, the UAE is able to emerge as the world leader of next-generation clean energies."

Toyota has been promoting the fuel cell vehicles as the most viable option to conventional fuel hybrid vehicles. But the biggest hurdle is the lack of hydrogen fuelling stations required for mass consumption.

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Story first published: Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 15:43 [IST]
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