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Old 02-26-2015, 07:13 PM   #1
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Shiny Toyota FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle)



http://arstechnica.com/cars/2015/02/...oduction-line/

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Toyota has unveiled the assembly line for its upcoming fuel cell vehicle (FCV)—the four-door Mirai sedan—which will go on sale in the US later in 2015. The assembly line, located at Toyota's Motomachi plant in Japan, will churn out an increasing number of the futuristic cars over the next few years. The Mirai is notable for being the first mass-produced car that is powered entirely by a fuel cell. Unlike most electric cars, such as the Tesla Model S, fuel cell vehicles are refueled rather than recharged—in the case of the Mirai, Toyota says it takes only five minutes to refuel the car, which then gives you around 300 miles of range.
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Old 02-26-2015, 07:16 PM   #2
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I can't wait to be dependent on another fuel cartel.
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Old 02-26-2015, 08:01 PM   #3
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This will be interesting, I wonder what it will cost to supply the hydrogen.
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I can't wait to be dependent on another fuel cartel.
Anybody can generate hydrogen, especially if they have cheap solar or hydro power.

The real dependency is the infrastructure.

I wouldn't touch one until there were at least a few fueling stations in every city in the state, but then I wouldn't spend $60K on a car to start with, so by the time the cost came down, there would be fueling stations.

The cost of fuel cells, which is probably 75% of the cost of the car, is what makes it so expensive. As more fuel cells are made, the cost should come down considerably - assuming they have solved the problem of using exotic metals/etc. in the fuel cell itself.

We'll see.
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