- The Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle or FCV will go on sale in the U.S. next summer.
- The Japanese automaker also revealed the final exterior design of the alternative-fuel sedan.
- U.S. pricing for the Toyota FCV has not been determined.
TOKYO — The Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle or FCV will go on sale in the U.S. next summer, Toyota announced on Wednesday.
The Japanese automaker also revealed the final exterior design of the alternative-fuel sedan. The production version is shown in an electric blue and only deviates slightly from the concept version. The FCV has a wave-inspired exterior and looks something like the Toyota Corolla.
U.S. pricing for the Toyota FCV has not been determined, the company said.
"Detailed information such as final prices, specifications and sales expectations will also be announced later," Toyota said.
However, the automaker said the FCV will go on sale in Japan next April with a starting price of 7 million yen or about $68,000.
Earlier this year, Toyota said the FCV will be launched initially in California. On May 1, Toyota said it is partnering with FirstElement Fuel Inc. to support the long-term operation and maintenance expenses of new hydrogen refueling stations in California.
"Hydrogen has great potential as an alternative fuel," Toyota said.
The Toyota FCV was first shown at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show.
At the time, Toyota said its fuel-cell vehicle has a driving range of approximately 300 miles and no emissions, other than water vapor. Refueling of its hydrogen tanks takes 3-5 minutes.
Consumers are seeing more hydrogen-powered vehicles arrive here. Tustin Hyundai, a California dealership, recently delivered the first 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle to a customer.
The 2014 Honda FCX Clarity, a hydrogen fuel cell-electric-powered sedan is currently available on a limited retail basis in Southern California.
Edmunds says: Toyota promised affordability when the Toyota FCV goes on sale here, so the pricing announcement will be a critical one for car shoppers.