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Toyota says next generation eco-car in sight but still years away

Date: 13 Mar 2008

Toyota has said that work is progressing on the next generation of environmentally friendlier car, using fuel cell technology. It will be years, however, before the work produces a commercially viable vehicle.

According to Toyota's president, Katsuaki Watanabe, "significant" technical advances have been achieved in the last couple of years of development. But the company is struggling at the moment to produce similar results at a viable cost.

Toyota tested a fuel cell car last year, and showed that such a vehicle could achieve hundreds of miles on a single filling of hydrogen. But as things currently stand, such a car would be out of the reach of the ordinary motorist, and the necessary infrastructure of hydrogen filling stations does not exist.

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