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The Toyota FCV was unveiled this past Will it have the same as Toyota’s Prius? Photo Toyota

Hybrids were a technological curiosity when (NYSE: TM     ) rolled out its first way back in 1997.

The idea of had been around for years, but was the first to mass-produce one. hybrids are a mainstream choice — and a big

That first Prius has a whole family of vehicles, and has sold over 3 million of

But Toyota might be moving to its own success. This past Toyota unveiled a new green this one powered by hydrogen. it put the Prius out to pasture?

Why fuel cells could be than batteries

Officially, the FCV Concept is just a show But Toyota says that it, or like it, will come to around 2015.

The FCV Concept is an car, but it doesn’t have a pack. Instead, it’s by a fuel cell . a device converts the chemical energy in to electricity.

Hydrogen fuel are very environmentally friendly. A cell car’s only is water vapor. But a fuel car can’t be recharged like electric cars.

Instead, it needs to be filled up gas — hydrogen gas.

That’s a but not a big one. Hydrogen is the most element in the universe. Hydrogen gas can be from natural gas, or from water.

Many think that fuel could be a better choice battery packs for the electric of the future. Even the best batteries of today are still heavy, and very expensive.

means designers of battery-electric have two choices: Limit the range to 100 miles or so to keep the size and price down, as (NASDAQOTH: NSANY     ) did with its Or build a heavy car with a big tag that gets good as Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:     ) has done with its Model S.

Fuel cells allow designers to have their and eat it, too.

The Toyota FCV isn’t the fuel-cell car headed to market

The FCV Concept is just one of several cars coming to market in the few years. Hyundai (NASDAQOTH:     ) has said that it will a fuel-cell-powered SUV to the U.S. market in That’s not a token gesture — hopes to sell 10,000 a

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Meanwhile, Ford (NYSE: F     ) is with Nissan and Daimler DDAIF     ). the corporate parent of on a project that will fuel cell cars to by 2017. they say. The are sharing development costs in of designing better technology quickly.

Likewise, General (NYSE: GM     ) and Honda (NYSE: HMC     ) are up on a fuel-cell design of their Most other big automakers are similar work, or are expected to suit.

But will these cell cars really hybrids and battery-electrics — not to mention the cars that most of us that still seem to get every year?

Are fuel cell cars the future?

It’s hard to and these companies are all hedging bets. Even as they on fuel cell cars, and Ford (and most of the are investing big in better hybrids, and work on battery-electric cars, and ever-more-efficient gasoline engines,

Tesla Motors has gone on batteries, and Tesla CEO Elon has made it clear that he fuel cells are not a serious But big automakers like Toyota and its aren’t convinced, as their big in fuel cell cars the FCV show.

They seem determined to try all the that make sense — and it up to consumers to decide what best.

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