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Toyota goes for hydrogen

Toyota goes for hydrogen

2013_Tokyo_Motor_Show_Toyota_Fuel_Cell_Vehicle_310-190Toyota has announced the launch of its hydrogen fuel-cell car in 2015. The prototype is based on Lexus HS250h, according to media reports. While electric cars are becoming popular, fuel cell system had been daunting automakers. It has to store hydrogen at extremely high pressures. There are also issues with range, extreme weather and infrastructure.
However, Toyota is reportedly going ahead with the project, planning to first launch it in California. The state has approved a USD200 million plan to build hydrogen refueling stations. There will be 20 of them next year.
The car would use Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive from the Prius, with a hydrogen fuel cell replacing the gas engine. The car maker claims it will have a 483-km range and could be refuelled in as little as three minutes.
A Toyota-University of California study found only 68 strategically-placed refueling stations between the San Francisco Bay area and San Diego could support a population of 10,000 fuel cell vehicles.

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