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Toyota challenges Tesla with a hydrogen fuel cell car

Toyota challenges Tesla with a hydrogen fuel cell car
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Tesla and its popular electric cars better watch out. Another environmentally-friendly vehicle is about to hit the road.

Most green cars up until now have either run on batteries or had a small gas engine. The sedan comes from Toyota and is the first commercial hydrogen fuel cell car - Honda's FCX Clarity was never put on the open market.

What makes fuel-cell cars special is that they create electricity by converting hydrogen and oxygen into water.

According to Toyota, the yet-unnamed FC sedan has a cruising range of approximately 700 km (435 miles) and a refueling time of roughly three minutes. The company says the car will only emit water vapor produced by the reaction between hydrogen and oxygen when driven.

That's impressive. Both the range and refueling time are quite a bit better than comparable electric vehicles like the Tesla Model S.

Learn more about Tesla's decision to open up its patents to the public.

Most readers will have to wait a little while before getting their hands on one of these cars. It will debut in Japan before April 2015, but the United States and Europe won't get to try it out until next summer.

Also, like most fuel-cell cards it requires a liquid hydrogen filling station, which you might not have in your area. Most of them are centered in major urban areas like Los Angeles.

Like most new technology, the Toyota is expensive. It will cost about $68,664 in Japan, but Toyota has not announced prices for the American market.

Click here to learn more about buying alternative fuel vehicles.

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Source: Mashable
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