Toyota Prepares Prius Sequel - Fuel Cell Sedan

Hydrogen is the most abundant element on our planet and many automakers have struggled to use it as a clean and efficient fuel to replace petrol. The only problem is that this chemical is never found in its pure form in nature and even though it is everywhere, it’s sticked to other compounds like oxygen, so we can have water.
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The problem is that separating hydrogen from other chemicals and storing it in safe containers, because it’s highly flammable, generates the annoying carbon emissions which everyone hates now.

Moreover, even if you can obtain H without carbon emissions you need a a fuel cell on your car to use it, which uses rare materials like platinum so it will cos a fortune to make. Add the cost of a highly secured storage tank and here you go, you’ve built a space machine.

Disregarding all the issues mentioned above, Toyota, the automaker that introduced the Prius hybrid car to the masses, promises to show us a hydrogen-powered sedan at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show in November. The vehicle is said to be put on sale in 2014, having a competitive price against a mid-size BMW or a Tesla Model S.

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