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Toyota used the Los Angeles Auto Show to announce results from a recent seven-day, 2,300-mile drive in a Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle (FCHV) from Fairbanks, Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia along the Alaska-Canadian highway (ALCAN).

The trek confirmed substantial progress in reliability and durability, cold-weather operation and extended range capability of Toyota’s hybrid fuel cell system, according to the company.

One of the key reasons why engineers chose the route from Fairbanks, Alaska to Vancouver is that Canada allows mobile re-fueling of high-pressure hydrogen vehicles along its public highways. Without a network of hydrogen fueling stations every 300 miles, mobile refueling was a necessity.

Two companies were enlisted to assist with mobile refueling. Linde provided the rolling supply of hydrogen, while Canadian-based Powertech Labs supplied a self-contained re-fueling station. Mounted on two separate flat-bed trucks, the refueling team moved in advance of the Highlander FCHV, setting up shop at pre-determined intervals. A RAV4 camera vehicle stalked the FCHV from start to finish, while a pair of Toyota Tundra pickup trucks followed as support.

Vehicle preparation consisted of adding tubular guards for the grille, rockers and rear-end, a roof rack and a few graphics to mark the occasion. Every mile of the journey was monitored in real-time by a dedicated laptop program that measured distance, time, speed, and hydrogen tank temperature and fuel-consumption. The entire trip was shot in high-definition video. To verify and chronicle the achievement, Road & Track Magazine engineering editor Dennis Simanaitis was invited to come along as referee and co-driver.

The vehicle averaged more than 300 miles per tank. On the first leg—a 316-mile run from Fairbanks to Beaver Creek across the Canadian border in order to refuel legally, the FCHV could have covered nearly 400 miles, according to the onboard monitoring system.

Fuel cells and plug-in hybrids, pure electrics and Lithium-ion batteries and much more, will all be part of a future that will require more that just building and selling cars and trucks. It will require a whole new way of doing business.

—Bob Carter, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager

Toyota’s major product introduction at the LA Auto Show was the 2008 Sequoia full-size SUV. Featuring an all-new DOHC 5.7-liter V8 with Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), the 2WD version of the 2008 Sequoia carries an EPA fuel economy rating of 14 mpg city, 19 mpg highway, 15 mpg combined.



Here...I'll say it so the bashers won't have to...

FOOL CELLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hardy HAR HAR.

Harvey D

Good show but who could afford to drive such a vehicle?

Was the last paragraph intentionally added to counteract the good news? If so, why?

Good show but who could afford to drive such a vehicle?

Who can afford to drive a Tesla?


impressive range on pressurized tanks. And of course better storage systems are being developed. Better ways of producing hydrogen are also being constantly pursued so who knows where it all leads to.

My expectation of the long term future is the lithium bev, with a hydrogen fuel cell range extender option.... but who knows


"...lithium bev, with a hydrogen fuel cell range extender option"

Now you're talking!!!


Some news to keep to green crowd happy and then some real goodies in terms of a 15 MPG SUV. Great!


if i assume they had whatever KG of hydrogen on board, i'm sure it was at least in the 30 mpg range if you compare with gasoline use. If you think about the speeds they did and the terrian they just mastered, its pretty impressive.

So how much for one? That's right...!

I honestly hate how its always a green suv, where the **** is the green minivan that can carry 8 adults in comfort? We need people movers not box movers!

2008 Sequoia full-size SUV. Featuring an all-new DOHC 5.7-liter V8. EPA fuel economy rating of 14 mpg city, 19 mpg highway, 15 mpg combined.

What Toyota Actually wants???

Do you want to be recognize as greener, but you do produce 5.7 liter V8??

Jimbo Patriot

Toyota shouldn't build V8s. Only white people should be allowed to do that, not dirty chinamen.

Roger Pham

Don't forget that you are here in Green Car Congress. Every mfg who produces gas guzzling SUV's has been or will be rightfully critisized. GM's bashing has been the strongest here. That full-size Sequoia should have been produced with smaller engine, like an I-4, and more gear ratios in order to get higher mpg's, and only for commercial fleet operators or contractors with the true needs to drive these behemoth around!

That said, the Toyota's FCV is a great achievement, only to be marred by the appearance of the 15-mpg Sequoia.


Hey hey guys, don't bash Toyota for doing what they have to, to run a successful business in the US, offering the masses what they want. In the rest of the world where you don't get a free fill-up with the purchase of a coke - the Hilux (which is the Tacoma ok, not the Sequoia) gets 34mpg and masses of torque from its new D4D.

(click bottom right - specification - for the pdf)

If you are familiar with the BBC show "Top Gear", you probably will have seen how the presenters drove one of these Hilux D4D's to the fricking north pole. If you didn't see it and have some time to waste, here you go.

Here's to the global GCC website... keep it up...

jack Patriot

As a dorky white guy, I can tell you that there is no purer feeling of self righteousness than wallowing in self loathing.


Why is "being green" always incorrectly associated with fuel economy?

"Being green" has more to do with emissions than fuel economy. On that note, Toyota's 5.7L achieves ULEV-II emissions. The new Sequoia has 4, yes FOUR catalytic converters which makes it a very clean SUV emissions-wise.


Does anyone know the fuel mileage on these truck, i was just curious, and i couldn't find it anywhere???


I favor the smaller fuel cell range extender idea. More batteries and a smaller fuel cell for a PHEV would be good. Honda has a fueling station for home garages that doubles as a CHP heat source for the home. This might get the local use and commuter customer interested.

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