First Toyota FCV to be given away to lucky California resident image

The Japanese based automaker Toyota has announced that the first ever FCV will be given away to a lucky California resident.

Rather than doing what most companies have gotten used to over-seas, which is auctioning the first unit of a model for a whopping amount, Toyota will change this plan and rather than the first owner of the FCV having to bid for it, lease it or pay with cash at a dealership, he or she will be owning it without paying anything, as the car will be given away.

Opportunities to win the vehicle can be purchased at for a cost of 100 USD per ticket or 500 USD for six tickets. Toyota says that all proceeds will benefit programs for the EMA. The winner of the very first Toyota FCV will be announced on the 18th of October, at the 24th annual EMA Awards at Warner Bros Studios.

The Toyota FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle) has been officially unveiled just earlier this year and it has been brought to the 2014 Paris Motor Show too, in a premiere, last week. The vehicle in question is generating electricity from the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. The model can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in approximately 10 seconds and it has a range of approximately 482 km (300 miles). When it runs out of juice, refilling the tank will take just a couple of minutes.