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TOYOTA FCHV Acquires Vehicle Type Certification
—Leasing to Begin on July 1 —

Tokyo — TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announced today that the recently improved TOYOTA FCHV, Toyota's fuel cell hybrid passenger vehicle, has become the first vehicle in Japan to acquire vehicle type certification under the Road Vehicles Act, as amended and enacted on March 31, by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT). Leases for the vehicle are to begin on July 1.

Fuel cell vehicles that acquire certification under MLIT's new safety standard regarding the commercialization and marketing of fuel cell vehicles no longer need to be certified individually. Type certification can now be acquired through the submission of representative vehicles.

Since setting out to develop fuel cell vehicles, Toyota has been independently developing all major fuel cell system components, including the all-important, electricity-producing fuel cell stack. Since limited marketing of the TOYOTA FCHV began in Japan and the U.S. in December 2002, 11 TOYOTA FCHVs have been leased in Japan and five in the U.S. Toyota is also active in applying its fuel cell technology to buses—after first conducting real-world verification tests with a fuel cell bus prototype operating within Tokyo's metropolitan public bus system (from August 2003 to December 2004), Toyota now has eight units of its FCHV-BUS transporting visitors between the Nagakute and Seto areas of the 2005 World Exposition in Aichi, Japan.

Data gathered during the use of the previous TOYOTA FCHV was fed back into development, resulting in the new model, which features a fuel cell system with enhanced levels of reliability and durability.

The new vehicle will be offered to such customers as national and local governments, and companies in energy-related fields.

Main Features of the New TOYOTA FCHV

  ·  The new TOYOTA FCHV is fitted with new 35MPa high-pressure hydrogen tanks developed by Toyota, which can hold 10% more hydrogen than the 35MPa tanks Toyota used before, extending the cruising range from 300km to 330km in the 10-15 Japanese test cycle.
   
·  The high-pressure hydrogen storage tank also features a high-pressure valve developed anew within the Toyota Group. This valve follows a new design that positions a solenoid shut-off valve inside the tank.
   
·  The new tank meets the technical standard for compressed hydrogen automobile fuel tanks, established in March this year as a safety standard for high-pressure hydrogen, allowing the tank to be used for 15 years, compared to a previous three years.
   
·  The motor output has been increased from 80 to 90kW, improving acceleration performance.
   
·  A choice of two exterior colors is now available, with Light Blue Metallic added to the Silver Metallic that was previously available.

New TOYOTA FCHV: Vehicle Specifications and Previous Model Comparison
  New TOYOTA FCHV Previous TOYOTA FCHV
Vehicle Overall length/width/height (mm) 4,735/1,815/1,685 4,735/1,815/1,685
Weight (kg) 1,880 1,860
Seating capacity (persons) 5 5
Performance Maximum cruising range (km)* 330 300
Maximum speed (km/h) 155 155
Fuel cell Name Toyota FC Stack Toyota FC Stack
Type Polymer electrolyte Polymer electrolyte
Output (kW) 90 90
Motor Type Permanent magnet Permanent magnet
Maximum output in kW (ps) 90 (122) 80 (109)
Maximum torque in N-m (kg-m) 260 (26.5) 260 (26.5)
Fuel Type Hydrogen Hydrogen
Storage system High-pressure hydrogen storage tanks High-pressure hydrogen storage tanks
Maximum storage pressure (MPa) 35 35
Battery Type Nickel-metal hydride Nickel-metal hydride
Lease price 30-month lease (yen/month) 1,050,000 1,260,000
* In the 10-15 Japanese test cycle; as based on TMC calculations


Source: Toyota

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