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Toyota gambles on vehicles powered by fuel cells to compete with Tesla

Toyota is banking on fuel cells, as the automotive industry continues to look for alternatives to regular gasoline
By: Michael Hatamoto | Technology in Vehicles News | Posted: Oct 13, 2014 5:16 pm

Toyota continues to develop hydrogen fuel cell technology, and the company has already invested 20 years to help develop it for widespread development. The Japanese automaker received praise for its plug-in Prius, and its 2015 FCV (fuel cell vehicle) has a range of 300 miles and only needs up to five minutes to refuel.




Details about the FCV will be revealed later down the road, as the real name of the vehicle, production volume, pricing, and interior specifications haven't been disclosed.


"We really see this as the technology for the future," said Jana Hartline, Toyota environmental communications manager. "The scalability of fuel cells is such that it's not only appropriate for passenger cars, but buses and heavy duty commercial applications, with zero emissions."


In addition to Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, and other common automakers are continuing to invest in zero-emission vehicle research.


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