Toyota's Beautiful Hydrogen-Fuel-Cell Car: Brilliant or Baloney?

The Washington Auto Show is not among the world's largest, but it does have its own unique character. Being so close to Capitol Hill, much of the focus is on policy and green energy.

One of the stars of the show is the Toyota FCV -- a beautiful hydrogen-fuel-cell concept car that's extremely close to the actual model that will hit the market in about a year. Other fuel-cell vehicles will be available very soon, including the Hyundai Tucson crossover.

Hydrogen-fuel-cell vehicles have the huge advantage over other green autos of emitting only water vapor as "exhaust." The big disadvantage -- for the time being, anyway -- is that there just aren't many hydrogen fueling locations out there.

So what is the future of hydrogen-fuel-cell technology? Will it live up to the promise, or is Tesla's Elon Musk right when he says it's just marketing baloney? The Motley Fool Motor Money team of John Rosevear and Rex Moore answers these questions, and much more, from the floor of the Washington Auto Show.

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  • Report this Comment On February 01, 2014, at 1:09 PM, MarkGunnar wrote:

    Video below of what is happening in California at municipal wastewater treatment plants using fuel cell technology to produce 3 value streams of electricity, hydrogen and heat all from a human waste! This is pretty impressive in my opinion for hydro-refueling infrastructure.

    "New fuel cell sewage gas station in Orange County, CA may be world's first"

    "It is here today and it is deployable today," said Tom Mutchler of Air Products and Chemicals Inc., a sponsor and developer of the project.

    2.8MW fuel cell using biogas now operating; Largest PPA of its kind in North America

  • Report this Comment On February 08, 2014, at 2:55 PM, SkepikI wrote:

    JR- no transcript so I can't tell if you revealed the fuel source for this car... Hydrogen gas from bottled gas supplies? Conversion from on board tank of hydrocarbon fuel? Magic Fairy dust?

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John Rosevear is the Fool's Senior Auto Specialist. John has been writing about the auto business and investing for over 20 years, and for The Motley Fool since 2007.

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