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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Hydrogen Fuel Car Coming from Toyota

We may not be living in the times of the Jetsons yet, but in 2015 you may be able to walk into a Toyota dealer in NJ or any other state and purchase a hydrogen fueled car. In January 2014, the Japanese automaker will show off its first and only hydrogen car at the auto show in Las Vegas. Green car aficionados did not think this type of technology was going to be a reality for decades to come, but Toyota, the leader in hybrids, has found a way to make it happen. Read on to learn about this new form of fuel.

What's Special about Hydrogen Fuel?

It's easiest to compare hydrogen cars to electric ones that use batteries to store energy. Although they are similar, hydrogen cars are superior because they weigh so much less. A battery weighs nearly one thousand pounds, so electric cars require a lot of energy to just move the battery. Further, electric cars lose power when they are not in use and require an outlet and time to charge. Hydrogen cars, on the other hand, doesn't lose energy and can be refueled in minutes. Electric cars have been very hard to sell because of all these roadblocks plus their hefty price tags. Toyota hasn't officially come up with a list price yet, and though, initially, the hydrogen car may be somewhat expensive, the company is hoping that sufficient interest will enable them to invest in more affordable models.

Environmentalists Rejoice

Toyota proves to be the most environmentally friendly automaker with the release of this new car. Hydrogen fuel is the cleanest for Mother Earth because it doesn't produce any pollutants -- only water. Other cars give off smog, carbon monoxide, and/or carbon dioxide, which are incredibly harmful to the ozone. Some car manufacturers brag that electric cars are green; however, they are only green when the electricity that is used to charge the car comes from wind or solar power. Hydrogen fuel powered cars will be the clear-cut best choice for those that are looking for a sustainable car option.

The Waiting Game

There's still time for another automaker to discover this new technology since Toyota will not be releasing until 2015, though there is very little chance that they would have a viable model by then. Everyone is curious to see what the car will look like and what kind of efficiency stats it will boast. One thing is for sure -- come 2015, Toyota dealers will be gearing up to show off the latest and greatest sustainable car.



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