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Toyota to sell new fuel cell car for Y7 mil

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By Harumi Ozawa

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Am I naive in believing that this could change....everything?! Non-polluting, decent costs, 700 kms on a single refill.

If these cars prove practical and economical, then transport infrastructure would need to be overhauled for the better. The auto taxes could be lowered, since a lot of greenhouse measures would no longer need all the funding, and the cars place so little burden on the environment.

And what would be the point of the expensive Shinkansen, which runs on power mainly derived from coal?!

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Well the power required to produce the hydrogen--a process that typically utilizes fossil fuels--at this point nearly negates any energy gains or environmental savings resulting from using hydrogen fuel cells. Until a better means of producing, storing and transporting the highly volatile hydrogen is found, whether the benefits outweigh the negatives remains an open question.

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I would buy one if price is around 4 million but almost no stations for hydrogen. I think most of cars would be fuel cell in the future. I hope no more gasoline.

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Stephen is correct. The main problem, that they neglected to mention in this article, is that the production of hydrogen isn't exactly saving anyone anything ... at the moment. Hopefully, this a nice solution will be found in the near future.

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producing hydrogen need vast amounts of electricilty, and unless Japan is prepared to turn the Npower stations back on the CO2 levels wont drop that much at all.

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Fuel Cell cars are also all Electric difference is source of electricity which in this case is from a fuel cell while in other it is from batteries.

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Best to think of the fuel cell full of hydrogen as a battery full of electricity - what we're talking about is a better way to store and transport energy.

Separating out the hydrogen out of water, requires energy. Depending on the location, we may be able to take advantage of natural renewable sources (hydro, tidal, wind, solar, geothermal, etc.). For now, mostly we're burning fossil fuels and could be using nuclear power.

The great thing about FCV is 1) the range and the quick refill compared to electric vehicles and 2)the lack of dispersed pollution of gasoline/ diesel vehicles and the potential to shift to greener and greener mixes of energy production.

I can't find a good national map of where the current filling stations are - I'm guessing if you visit the Toyota dealership, they'll provide one. The operators of existing petrol stations, gas companies (city gas, Iwatani, etc.), etc. have a big consortium building out the infrastructure.

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