Associated Press / Bangkok Post
February 25, 2002

Toyota Motor Corp hopes to become the world's first automaker to launch a
hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle for commercial use by marketing a car
using the futuristic technology next year, a report said yesterday.

Toyota plans to start selling its environmentally friendly FCHV-4 in Tokyo
by summer in 2003, the Tokyo Shimbun newspaper reported.

Fuel cell cars run on energy produced in a chemical reaction combining
hydrogen and oxygen, making them virtually pollution-free.

Major automakers have been developing fuel cell vehicles, but a high price
has kept the cars out of showrooms. Toyota's version will cost about 10
million yen ($75,000), making the target customer large corporations and the

The launch will initially be limited to Tokyo because hydrogen refuelling
stations are being set up in the capital. The top speed of the FCVH-4, which
stands for ``fuel cell hybrid vehicle,'' is 150 kilometres an hour and it
has a cruising range of more than 250 kms. The car is modelled after
Toyota's Kluger V sport-utility vehicle, which is marketed in North America
as the Highlander