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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.

Next page: Find out when the car will be available
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