Besides its next generation Prius we told you about, Toyota also announced it will make its plug-in hybrids easier to recharge in the future, but more importantly, it said it will show a hydrogen fuel cell car in January in Las Vegas at CES and begin selling it in 2015.
The automaker sells 12 hybrid, plug-in hybrid or all-electric models in the U.S. but largely through the expanded lineup of its three gas-electric Prius models, Toyota holds 70% of the U.S. market for non plug-in hybrids. Next comes Ford, which only holds about 13%.
Though Toyota is committed to boosting its global sales of hybrid and plug-in hybrids, the company also said it thinks that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles also have a bright future despite a number of cost and infrastructure barriers.
“Toyota’s first commercially available hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will go on sale in global markets in 2015,” said Toyota Managing Officer Satoshi Ogiso.
Ogiso said Toyota plans to reveal a new hydrogen fuel cell car in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The automaker revealed a concept version of the car at the Tokyo Motor Show last year.