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Toyota and FirstElement advance with hydrogen refueling network in California

TMS also announced that Linde LLC plans to build a hydrogen refueling station in the land where TMS offices in California, near the San Francisco Regional Office and Toyota Parts Distribution Center are located

In early May, Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) and its affiliate Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC) announced a series of financial arrangements with FirstElement Fuel Inc. (FE) to support operations and maintenance costs of new stations hydrogen refueling in California in the long run. According to the terms of the agreement with Toyota, FirstElement work to develop a fully integrated and reliable throughout California, in strategic locations approved jointly by both companies charging stations.

"On the issue of hydrogen refueling infrastructure is not the number of stations, but their locations," said Bob Carter, Senior Vice President of TMS, four months ago at CES (Consumer Electronic Show) in Las Vegas, where Toyota unveiled the vehicle driven by hydrogen fuel cells (FCV for short Fuel Cell vehicle) to be launched in 2015 in the United States. The FCV was used for more than one year in an extreme and extensive road race in North America, and has consistently delivered a range of 500 kilometers handling, with acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 10 seconds, no emissions except water vapor. The refueling hydrogen tanks takes three to five minutes.

"Measures to ensure proper supply of this new technology are advancing through collaboration between government, vehicle manufacturers and energy suppliers. Stay tuned, because this infrastructure will be a reality soon, "Carter said in early May, announcing the agreement with FirstElement.

"The early years in California will be a critical period for the technology of hydrogen fuel cells," Carter said. "California has taken a very important when deciding to invest $ 200 million to build 100 hydrogen refueling stations, and through this financial agreement with FirstElement step, Toyota demonstrates its commitment to promoting fuel cell vehicles in California zero emission. Perhaps more importantly, we are showing the future owners of this technology that Toyota is working to ensure the availability of hydrogen refueling. "

TMS also announced that Linde LLC plans to build a hydrogen refueling station in the land where TMS offices in California, near the San Francisco Regional Office and Toyota Parts Distribution Center are located. The location of this charging station will serve local and regional clients, and will be an important connector between the valleys of the Sacramento and San Joaquin and Bay Area of San Francisco.

"This is just the beginning, but the first step is to put the focus on this new technology, which in the near future will be one of the most used," said Carter.

While specific sales volumes will be announced closer to launch, Carter said Toyota has revised the initial business plan and charge additional volumes. More information will be announced in the coming weeks and months, including the objectives of sales volume in the U.S. and complete specifications and performance data. Those interested in learning more about the future of Toyota Auto can enter: www.toyota.com/fuelcell.

traslation: Belén Zapata