Toyota Sticks To Hydrogen-Powered Cars For Renewable Energy Use

Apr 16, 2016 06:55 AM EDT | Tes Christiansen

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The hype going on about self-driving vehicles and driver-assisted technology are but few of the continuous pursuits by known auto makers around the world. Amidst all the buzz with these innovations, Toyota is also one brand which doesn't stop expanding its research for renewable energy on its vehicles.

Considered the best fuel alternative for Takeshi Uchiyamada, Toyota Chairman and creator of the Prius hybrid, still has faith in the use of renewable energy for vehicles, UsaToday reported. As one of the coveted leaders in the auto industry, the company has been advocating the benefits of hydrogen fuel cell cars for years now.

With the unveiling of the Toyota Mirai in November last year, about 100 units have already been sold. Uchiyamada is also set to address a number of engineers at the SAE World Congress in Detroit's Cobo Center this week to promote the potential of cars powered by the innovative technology.

However, he also stresses on the need for refueling stations that would cater to this renewable energy source. "The big problem is ... not enough hydrogen refueling stations. If we want fuel cell vehicles to become popular, we have to build infrastructure from the ground up," Uchiyamada said. "And that is no easy task."

The company also announced that more than 5,600 patents related to the renewable technology have been generously shared to promote further awareness and development. "We want to encourage others to participate in creating the hydrogen society. By engaging our collective brain power, these possibilities can become reality," added Uchiyamada.

The Mirai is being marketed already in California, and Toyota announced its plan for availability in other Northeastern states no later this year, according to a previous MarketPlace report. The company says the model has undergone bullet testing to its fuel tank and assures the car is safe.

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