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Toyota bumps up hydrogen-powered car in US to 2015

Toyota Senior Vice President Bob Carter speaks about the Toyota fuel cell concept vehicle at the 2014 International CES on January 6, 2014 in Las Vegas.
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Toyota Senior Vice President Bob Carter speaks about the Toyota fuel cell concept vehicle at the 2014 International CES on January 6, 2014 in Las Vegas.

Toyota says a hydrogen-powered vehicle that emits only water vapor as exhaust will go on sale in the U.S. in 2015, a year earlier than it promised just two months ago.

The Japanese automaker made the announcement Monday at the International CES gadget show. The shift comes months after rival automakers Hyundai and Honda both said they'd start selling cars with that technology in the U.S. in 2015.

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The electric car, which Toyota calls FCV, uses hydrogen as fuel for a battery. Toyota says it will have a range of 300 miles, can accelerate from standstill to 60 miles per hour in 10 seconds, and can refuel its hydrogen tank in three to five minutes.

Toyota says it will focus on selling cars in California at first.

—By The Associated Press

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