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Short answer... no. Probably not anyway.

Long answer... Toyota are doing their best to make it sounds like they could be and nobody really knows what the future really holds... but it makes for a clickable headline all the same.

One of the biggest concerns for electric vehicles is the driving range, which is typically very low for electric vehicles. With the exception of the Model S (which can go 265 EPA-estimated miles per charge on an 85 kWh battery), only one other electric vehicle has a range of more than 100 miles, that being the Toyota (NYSE: TM ) RAV4, with a range of just 103 miles per charge.
So, will electric cars matter or not?On CNBC's "Fast Money" TV show earlier this month, Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations in the U.S. for Toyota, said, "What's so exciting for fuel cells is that while we do believe that electric vehicles have a spot in the U.S. market, it's going to be a very small spot." Carter was referring to the prospects of Toyota's new hydrogen fuel cell car, which it expects to debut in 2015.
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Yes, of course they'll be irrelevant. Just as soon as someone invents the Star Trek style Teleporter. Or the flying car I was promised in the 80's. Or the Jet Pack like off the 70's. Oh... jet packs...

Sorry, I drifted off there for a moment...
Given the fairly poor energy density of compressed hydrogen, it won't be cutting into EV sales any time soon.
Now the research into ammonia storage may work, but that's a while out yet.
Then there's the issue of the hydrogen delivery network THAT DOESN'T EXIST YET...
...how long has it taken for EV's to get where they are today and that's with home charging. Which you can't do with hydrogen...
Toyota are very keen to push hydrogen, like Honda were with the Clarity. How long ago was that? How many on them are there on the road? And how much did they cost? (£250K+)...
All very interesting but EV's are here now...
 

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Ev's are fundamentally simple reliable technology which integrates well with current society. Even with current infrastructure they "work" and with even marginally better batteries & infrastructure they will work well. No other alternative comes close. Toyota are just trying to show how technologically sophisticated they are. It's marketing. Like custom show cars. Which are there for the photos... and column inches.
 

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I remember being at Autosport international a few years ago. Part of it was allowing ICEs to bomb around inside. Goodness knows how carcinogenic the air quality was.

Anyway, there was a Honda hydrogen FCV there....and they wouldn't even allow it inside because of the explosion risk.
 
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Here we go again with the "Hydrogen Fuel cell is the future" debate!
Hydrogen is a non starter for many reasons.
1. You can't just dig it up and it takes a lot of energy to produce.
2. It requires a very high pressure when stored.
3. Would you wish for a bomb in your car which is worse than petrol.
4. Hydrogen slowly leaks from all known materials (see 3 above)
5. Reading that Fuel Cell vehicles are better than electric cars simply proves that the journo's are stupid. Fuel cell cars are electric!
6. The great "Hydrogen Future" is all hype from Big Oil to keep us hooked so that when they have pumped the last drop, they will still be in business. Few of them if any own power stations.
7. Traditional car companies like them because they are complicated which will allow the price to be kept high.
BEV's are in reality pretty simple apart from the Volt/Ampera power train and quantities should reduce the initial cost considerably.
 

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Here we go again with the "Hydrogen Fuel cell is the future" debate!
Hydrogen is a non starter for many reasons.
1. You can't just dig it up and it takes a lot of energy to produce.
2. It requires a very high pressure when stored.
3. Would you wish for a bomb in your car which is worse than petrol.
4. Hydrogen slowly leaks from all known materials (see 3 above)
5. Reading that Fuel Cell vehicles are better than electric cars simply proves that the journo's are stupid. Fuel cell cars are electric!
6. The great "Hydrogen Future" is all hype from Big Oil to keep us hooked so that when they have pumped the last drop, they will still be in business. Few of them if any own power stations.
7. Traditional car companies like them because they are complicated which will allow the price to be kept high.
BEV's are in reality pretty simple apart from the Volt/Ampera power train and quantities should reduce the initial cost considerably.
You mean Fool sell?:p
 
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