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Toyota bumps up hydrogen-powered car in US to 2015

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Toyota vice president and general manager Bob Carter talks about Toyota's FCV hydrogen electric concept car during the International Consumer Electronics Show, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. Carter announced the car would be be available to consumers in 2015.
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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.

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.