Toyota to sell a hydrogen car here next year –

Aside from the high price, the biggest hurdle Toyota faces is the lack of a
hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. According to Hyundai, arguably the
company furthest ahead producing hydrogen powered cars, there are currently
only 27 hydrogen stations across Europe.

The Korean firm said a recent conference run by the UK’s Society of Motor
Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) that it expected the number of UK stations
to increase to 13 by 2015, with 26 established by 2020 and 65 by 2013. By
contrast, there are approximately 133,000 fuel stations in Europe with
around 8,500 in the UK.

Hyundai has started small-scale production of a fuel-cell
of its IX35
SUV in Korea, and says it aims to reach a production of 1,000 by 2015. The
next generation car will go on sale in the UK by 2017, the company said,
pointing to the Intrado
fuel-cell concept
car as a possible indication of how it will look.

Other makers investigating fuel-cell vehicles includes Honda, which has leased
its FCX Clarity in small numbers in various locations across the world.
Mercedes is another with a mature fuel-cell programme, while Toyota has an
agreement with BMW to share tech know-how.

Karl Schlicht, executive vice president of Toyota Motor Europe, said in a
statement: “We are confident that hydrogen will become increasingly popular
as a way of powering vehicles.”

Toyota to sell a hydrogen car here next year –

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