Toyota made sure to make an impact at this year's Frankfurt Auto Show, unveiling Monday a sedan that runs completely on hydrogen.
Johan van Zyl, the Japanese automaker's new CEO, sees Toyota Europe selling between 50 and 100 units of the new car, called the Mirai, this year and next, according to the Associated Press. The company has so far received 47 orders for the sedan.
Toyota believes that hydrogen cars, and eventually plug-in hybrids, and full-electric cars, will overtake the market in the future.
"It's not a question of if, it's a question of when," van Zyl told reports at the auto show on Monday, adding that he expects these cars to become more affordable to regular consumers by 2025, Yibada reported.
Only those in Britain, Germany, Denmark and Belgium will be able to buy the Mirai when it goes on sale. Customers currently interested in the car include governments and companies that are looking to cut CO2 emissions.
The Mirai's unveiling follows a year after Toyota Europe sold 880,000 cars, 20 percent of which were hybrids, AP reported.
Van Zyl also expects an increase in hybrid sales thanks to the new RAV4 SUV's debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show, which will be available with a hybrid powertrain for the first time.