Toyota to launch fuel-cell vehicles for $68,600 in March

DPA Tokyo | Updated on June 25, 2014 Published on June 25, 2014

Toyota Motor Corp said Wednesday it would start selling its new hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle in Japan in March with a sticker price of about 7 million yen (68,600 dollars). The carmaker said it will also launch the vehicle in Europe and the United States around mid-2015.

“I believe the fuel-cell vehicle has major potential as an extremely eco-friendly car,” Toyota executive vice president Mitsuhisa Kato told a news conference.

Fuel-cell vehicles emit only water vapor because they are powered by electricity generated through a chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen, Toyota said.

The vehicles emit no carbon dioxide and can be charged in three minutes for a driving distance of about 700 kilometres, it said.

The car will go on sale in major Japanese cities where the development of hydrogen charging stations will be located.

Published on June 25, 2014
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