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Toyota is rumored to be leveraging the technology from the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle and placing it into a future flagship model of the Lexus LS. The proposed luxury sedan could debut by 2017 with a range possibly just below that of the Mirai and slightly tweaked styling to cool the new components.

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Toyota is requesting an exemption from federal safety regulations that govern electric cars as it prepares to launch a small-scale hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle fleet.

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Like the very slow drip of water coming from the tailpipe of a hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle, information about the first production fuel-cell model from Toyota – slated for 2015 – is coming rather deliberately. The latest is that Toyota might use the Prius badge for the fuel-cell sedan, Auto Guide says, citing comments made by Bill Fay, Toyota's US group vice president and general manager, at the Los Angeles Auto Show earlier this month.

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Beginning January 29th, Toyota's FCHV-adv hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will swing into service at Japan's Narita International Airport. By month's end, an undisclosed amount of FCHV-advs will become part of a car-service trial program with All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. and Welcome-Home Limousine Taxi Service. The FCHV-Advs will be used to transport passengers returning to Japan from Europe and the U.S.

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Third-gen Toyota FCHV-adv – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Kia Borrego FCEV – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Toyota has joined the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) in Europe to help promote low- and zero-emission vehicles and related infrastructure. The automaker will be providing five of its Highlander-based FCHV-adv fuel-cell vehicles available for the CEP test fleet in Berlin and Hamburg, Germany. In addition, Toyota and CEP member Total will help to build more hydrogen fueling stations in Germany starting with a completely CO2-free facility at the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport. Several other hydrogen st

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Toyota –like Honda, Hyundai and General Motors, among others – remains firmly convinced of the long-term viability of fuel cell vehicles. Toyota has publicly committed to introducing an affordable fuel cell vehicle for retail sale by no later than 2015. In preparation for a market launch, Toyota will begin deploying a fleet of over 100 of its latest fuel cell prototype, the FCHV-adv, in the United States. The Toyota fuel cell vehicles are based on the previous-generation Toyota Highl

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Toyota Highlander FCV - Click above for a high-res image gallery

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Click above for a gallery of the Toyota FCHV cutaway display

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In the future, we'll eat all our meals from toothpaste tubes, everyone will be beautiful and healthy, and we won't need cars, what with the proliferation of nuclear-powered jet packs. Prediction is such thorny business, though Toyota isn't making such a fantastical claim by suggesting that each of its vehicles will have a hybrid option available by 2020. Wired's blog seems to agree that by 2020, hybrids will have proliferated like rabbits, and we'll be awash in electron propulsion systems.

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In late 2005, Toyota announced a fuel-cell forklift prototype that was to be displayed at major trade shows. The prototype reappeared at the ProMat show in Chicago earlier this month. The next big industrial show is the IMHX in England this March. Again, Toyota will be there with the FCHV-F, a forklift powered by a fuel cell that was developed with Toyota Motors and Toyota Industries. There doesn't some to be any difference in the vehicle or updates to the specifications. Press releases say Toyo

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The FCHV (fuel cell hybrid vehicle) bus that's been shuttling passengers around the Central Japan International Airport near Nagoya will soon be expanding its service area. For one, passengers may soon find themselves riding the bus out to their plane on the tarmac. The bus, a project of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), is fueled up at a demonstration hydrogen fueling station onsite at the airport. Toyota Motor Corporation developed the fuel cell hybrid system for the bus. MET

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