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Toyota Unveils a Concept Car Powered by Hydrogen Fuel-cell

Toyota has unveiled the concept fuel-cell vehicle that it expects to put into production by 2015.

The four-seater, which looks like a futuristic and aggressive Prius, is expected to go on sale sometime in 2015.  There’s no word on what the price might be.

“It is a very intriguing proposition for us,” said Bill Fay, general manager of Toyota’s U.S. sales arm. “We think it could be the best zero emissions solution that hits the market.”

Toyota is among the makers, along with others like Honda and Hyundai, who are reviving the idea of hydrogen-powered cars, pollution-free vehicles that had seemed to lose favor in an age of electric vehicles.

But now that electric's limitations have become apparent -- few public recharging stations, high battery costs, among them -- Toyota is about to make a big play on hydrogen fuel cell.

The FCV Concept, being unveiled for the Tokyo Motor Show this week, has a driving range of at least 500 km and can be refueled in as fast as three minutes.
“There is no compromise in range or operating in the cold and it refuels a lot like a regular engine,” Fay said.  “The driving experience is as good or better as a gas engine.  It is quiet.”

As for the looks, they are meant to look like "a catamaran and evoke flowing water." Probably appropriate: hydrogen vehicles emit only water vapor.

Toyota says the vehicle has a lightweight fuel-cell stack with two high-pressure hydrogen tanks within the body.

Environmental regulators in the U.S. and abroad believe that hydrogen fuel cell cars will be an important tool in reducing carbon emissions and pollution.

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