~e; fuelcell-mobile #1

From bc <human@electronetwork.org>
Date Sun, 24 Feb 2002 21:11:35 -0600

Tokyo _ Toyota Motor Corp hopes to become the world's first automaker 
to launch a hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle for commercial use by 
marketing a car using the futuristic technology next year, a report 
said yesterday.

Toyota plans to start selling its environmentally friendly FCHV-4 in 
Tokyo by summer in 2003, the Tokyo Shimbun newspaper reported.

Fuel cell cars run on energy produced in a chemical reaction 
combining hydrogen and oxygen, making them virtually pollution-free.

Major automakers have been developing fuel cell vehicles, but a high 
price has kept the cars out of showrooms. Toyota's version will cost 
about 10 million yen ($75,000), making the target customer large 
corporations and the government.

The launch will initially be limited to Tokyo because hydrogen 
refuelling stations are being set up in the capital. The top speed of 
the FCVH-4, which stands for ``fuel cell hybrid vehicle,'' is 150 
kilometres an hour and it has a cruising range of more than 250 kms. 
The car is modelled after Toyota's Kluger V sport-utility vehicle, 
which is marketed in North America as the Highlander. _ AP


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