Toyota engineers achieve 500 mile breakthrough

Toyota engineers, who are researching and developing hybrid technologies for their vehicles, have managed to adapt a car to be able to travel 515 miles before needing re-fuelling.

Toyota FCHV-adv (fuel cell hybrid vehicle-advanced) improved the cruising range with its newly designed high-performance Toyota FC stack. The stack benefits from membrane electrode assembly (MEA), where engineers focused on the basic problem of internally produced water interfering with electrical generation.

The team also solved the low-temperature-start issues that other hybrids have experienced meaning that the car can travel in areas experiencing minus 30 degrees celsius.

The Japanese government ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT) certified the technology fitted to the new vehicle on June 3rd which should further increase the amount of trials and adaptations the car can undergo.

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