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Toyota Bumps Up Hydrogen-Powered Car In US To 2015

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The electric car, which Toyota calls FCV, uses hydrogen as fuel for a battery. Toyota says it will have a range of 300 miles, can accelerate from standstill to 60 miles per hour in 10 seconds, and can refuel its hydrogen tank in three to five minutes.

Toyota says it will focus on selling cars in California at first. Working with researchers at the University of California, Irvine, Toyota said the first 10,000 vehicles can be supported with only 68 refueling stations from San Francisco to San Diego. It noted that California has approved $200 million to build about 20 fueling stations by 2015, 40 by 2016 and 100 by 2024.

"Stay tuned because this infrastructure thing is going to happen," Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc., said in a statement.

Toyota Motor Corp. has promised to sell its fuel cell cars for $50,000 to $100,000.

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