Toyota's upcoming fuel-cell electric car faces a safety regulation that would prevent people from driving the car even after a small fender-bender. Toyota is seeking exemption for the fuel-cell vehicle.
Toyota will sell its fuel cell vehicles in 2015 in Japan, US, and Europe, limited to areas with established hydrogen infrastructure. In Japan, Toyota's car will sell for 7,000,000 yen, or about $69,000.
Japan and automaker Toyota are looking to kick-start the fuel-cell vehicle industry with plans to produce hydrogen-powered cars that experts believe can lessen greenhouse gas emissions.
Hybrid cars, from plugins to gas, will clearly be all the rage among carmakers for the next couple of years. Virtually every global automaker now has plug-in hybrid cars planned for launch between 2015 and 2020.
Japan's government announced plans to change guidelines for fuel-cell vehicles to promote sales. Toyota and Honda have been concentrating on developing fuel-cell vehicles.
More details on the eight-state plan to promote the sale of more electric cars have been released. The goal is to have sold more than 3 million electric cars by 2025 in the US.
For the first time since 1998, Honda is no longer considered the "Greenest Automaker." Instead, Hyundai-Kia took the "Greenest Automaker" prize this year.
Cleantech industry-watchers should take heart, Kachan writes. A quiet recovery is already underway in cleantech, a process that should gain even more momentum through 2014.
At the Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota unveiled the FCV, a concept car powered by fuel cell technology.