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Toyota Doubles Range of Fuel-Cell Car

October 2, 2007

TOKYO – Toyota Motor Corp. unveiled an upgraded fuel-cell vehicle that successfully completed a 350-mile test run, proving its ability to run a longer distance than its earlier model, according to MSNBC and the Associated Press.

The latest model could have gone 480 miles with a single fueling, more than double the mileage achieved by Toyota’s earlier model. The advanced vehicle is 25-percent more fuel efficient than the earlier model and can store twice as much hydrogen as before. In a public road test, two advanced fuel-cell vehicles were driven about 350 miles from Osaka to Tokyo without refueling. About 30 percent of the fuel was unused when they arrived in Tokyo, the report said.

Toyota said the company plans to continue its research and development to further improve driving distance, usability at low temperature, durability, and cost reduction.

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