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The Fuel of the Future: Toyota’s New Hydrogen-Powered Car

Toyota FVC, a hydrogen-powered car
The Toyota FVC is a hydrogen-powered car which could be on the market in the U.S. as early as 2015.

Just because Toyota’s current hybrids, such as the Camry, Prius, and Avalon are so popular doesn’t mean that Toyota has given up on producing other methods of green technology. In fact, Toyota is one of the leading car companies investing in hydrogen-powered car technology and has a current model which will be sold in the near future.

In November at the Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota débuted their hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle (being called a FVC for fuel cell vehicle). However, this car had not been seen in the U.S., until now.

The FVC was unveiled in North America for the first time at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics show this week.  With a hydrogen-fuel powered cell, this Toyota FVC can go for 310 miles before it needs another hydrogen fill-up. Unlike the electronic hybrid plug-ins, you do not need to wait a long time for this car to re-charge before you go on your way. Each refuel takes about three minutes.

Just because it’s not powered by gas, doesn’t mean the FVC can’t go fast. The FVC can reach top speeds of over 100 mph and can go from zero to 60 in about ten seconds. The FVC does share a lot of its electric drive system with Toyota’s hybrid drivetrain technology.

This technology could be a game changer, not just for Toyota, but for all automakers.  To learn more about this hydrogen-powered technology, check out Toyota’s website.