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Toyota’s Hydrogen Cars Hitting Showrooms This Year

On sale in Japan for $78,030.

Toyota’s hydrogen fuel-cell cars will become a reality sooner than expected, with the first vehicles set to arrive in Japanese showrooms by the end of 2014, beating their original 2015 ETA. The revolutionary cars will cost buyers eight million yen ($78,030), and will be the first to try and prove the company’s previous claim that the future lies in these cars - rather than in EVs. Japan will be the first market for Toyota HFC vehicles, though talk of a Californian venture is still on the table.

The hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles will be powered by an electric charge created through a chemical reaction born from hydrogen and oxygen. But early adapters will be met with very few hydrogen charging stations, with Toyota still refraining from entering into direct engagement in this area.

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