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Toyota to sell a hydrogen car in the UK next yearBack

ToyotaToyota has just announced that it will be selling a hydrogen car in the UK in 2015.

The new Fuel Cell Sedan will cost £40,000 and will be the first production hydrogen car on sale in the UK.

The company is already famous for winning over a sceptical Britain when it came to accepting hybrid power and it is hoping that the new Fuel Cell saloon car , which emits only water from its tailpipe, will have a similar affect.

Similar to the Toyota Prius Hybrid, the new hydrogen powered sedan will never win the public over on looks alone, but it people are willing to delve into the many advantages of driving a hydrogen powered vehicle, sales could be promising.

Hydrogen power has a huge advantage over pure battery cars such as the Nissan Leaf, because according to Toyota it only takes 3 minutes to fill yet it has a range similar to that of a petrol car.

The car is set to be launched first in its production country of Japan, where it will cost around seven million yen (£40,450). Sales in Europe and North America will begin a couple of months later according to the company who have yet to reveal any power figures of specifications yet.

Aside from the high price tag, one of the biggest hurdles the company will face is the lack of hydrogen refuelling stations. According to Hyundai, there are only 27 hydrogen stations across Europe, however, the Korean based firm revealed that at a recent conference run by the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), it was disclosed that the number of UK hydrogen fuelling stations was expected to increase to 13 by 2015, with 26 established by 2020 and 65 by 2023.

Hyundai has also started small-scale production of a fuel-cell version of its popular IX35 SUV in Korea and it aims to reach a production of 1,000 by 2015 with a view to it going on sale in the UK by 2017.

Other car-makers working in fuel-cell vehicles include Honda which as leased an FCX Clarity in small numbers in various locations across the world and Mercedes who are undertaking a mature fuel-cell programme.

Posted by Leana Kell on 25/06/2014