Toyota and Honda to Deliver Hydrogen Cars

December 03, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

Toyota Motor Corp. (Tokyo, Japan) and Honda Motor Co. (Japan) delivered its' first market-ready, zero-emission, hydrogen-powered, fuel cell vehicles. The University of California received the first two Toyota hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. Honda delivered its first street-certified, hydrogen-powered, fuel cell car to City of Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn. Los Angeles is leasing five Honda fuel cell test vehicles for "real-world" driving by city staff.

The vehicles delivered Monday were the first of six Toyota fuel cell cars leased to the campus as part of the program to bring refinements and improvements. Four additional vehicles will arrive next year with each car leased for 30 months. The vehicles are based on the Toyota Highlander five-passenger, mid-size, sport utility vehicle. The hydrogen fuel cell system features four 5,000psi hydrogen fuel tanks, and has a range of 180 miles and a top speed of 96mph.