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Toyota is the company that took cars mainstream with the Now it plans to do the same for hydrogen-powered cars in 2015.

So said during a press event at the CES in Las Vegas. But is the world ready for power? And even if it is, does it offer real benefits in of emissions?

Hold those

If Toyota pulls off its plan to in 2015, the new model will be the mass produced fuel-cell though arguably not the first car. BMW, among has dabbled with hydrogen-fuelled cars, including a limited-production 7 luxury car.

Toyota’s however, involves a fuel-cell reacts stored hydrogen oxygen from the atmosphere to electricity. The only other of the reaction is water and thus vapour is a hydrogen fuel-cell’s emission.

Giving battery-electric a beating

The in turn, power electric So, as a driving experience, Toyota’s car will be in the same ballpark as battery-electric cars already on like the Renault Zoe, BMW i3, Leaf and others.

Hydrogen cell technology means the emissions are water vapours

The big compared with those cars, however, are the time to refuel or recharge and the range topped up.

Battery-electric cars can 10 hours or more. At best typically looking at minimum one for a full charge. As for range, EVs conk out at a little over 100 (Tesla’s 300-mile-ish Model S the obvious exception).

Toyota’s cell car will be good for 300 miles.

But a fuel-cell car can be refilled in minutes or less. So, there you it. All the benefits of a battery electric including no harmful emissions and much zero engine combined with range and refill advantages of combustion

What’s the catch?

Inevitably, a snag. Well, a reasonable of snags. The biggest problem is A 300 mile range and quick are all very well.

But if there actually any stations offering fuel, it’s all rather

It will take years to fit out stations with hydrogen Similarly, you need hefty to make the fuel itself if to power 100,000s or even of hydrogen cars. That happen over night.

is busy testing the final car

The other big problem is one the fuel shares with battery-electric Where does the energy from in the first place? It plenty of power to produce through methods like

If those methods are powered by fuels, then the only net is reduced local emissions. effectively shifting the emissions to wherever the fuel is produced. But still end up in the atmosphere.


We’ll come back to in a moment. First, is that launch window realistic? has been working on this since 1992, so it’s 20 years in the making.

Much of the has gone into squeezing the cell gubbins down to proportions. We’ve little the car will work well.

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Toyota has spent 20 years its fuel cell tech

also says technological and price reductions have made it possible to now offer the car in volumes. Prices aren’t quoted, but Toyota says it fuel cell cars to and reasonably priced.

As for the broader of timing, Bob Carter, senior president of automotive operations for Motor Sales, USA, Fuel cell electric will be in our future sooner many people believe, and in greater numbers than expected.

Investing in infrastructure

On the side, Toyota says the car launch in California first. million has been earmarked to 20 filling stations in California by with a total of 40 the year That gives both an of the investment needed and a hint a broader roll out will be years in the making.

But let’s assume the infrastructure out. How do we solve the displaced problem? Well, the first to note is that fuel cars probably aren’t any than combustion cars.

The car will likely look a normal four-door family car

consider this. Any time you the renewable profile of your electricity-generating infrastructure, you get an immediate from fuel cells, hydrogen produced off the back of electricity and in turn fuel cars will have footprints that reflect the power source.

You also the option of setting up hydrogen facilities powered purely by You could have a plant by a hydro-electric dam, for instance. Or a solar-powered facility in hotter

In the long run, then, power is very likely to major emissions benefits. arguable is whether the will to that will emerge fossil fuels remain in plentiful supply.

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