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The Toyota Mirai fuel-cell car goes into production in Japan at the end of this year, and a full order book there is testimony to the importance of laying the groundwork for a hydrogen energy economy. The Mirai will be cushioned with $25,500 subsidies in some parts of Japan. The aim is for 100 urban hydrogen stations...

Ed LaRocque is Toyota’s man on the ground, charged with getting the Mirai hydrogen car on the road, first in California and then in the Northeast. As national manager for fuel cell vehicles at Toyota Motor Sales, LaRocque is thinking strategically about how the rollout will work. The company will be building 3,000...

In 2010, Mercedes-Benz delivered a new B-Class F-Cell hydrogen car to its first U.S. customer, Vance Van Petten, executive director of the Producers Guild of America. According to Van Petten at the time, “As a long-time environmental advocate and supporter of sustainable production and eco-friendly transport, I’m...

The Hyundai Tucson was the first fuel-cell car out of the gate in the U.S., reaching its first customers in southern California (where there were at least seven operating hydrogen stations) in June 2014. “My family is certainly excited to be doing their part in driving a zero-emission vehicle that benefits the...

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA—Toyota is making a huge commitment to hydrogen with the Mirai fuel-cell car, which it calls “a turning point in the future of transportation.” Toyota hasn’t embraced the battery electric vehicle; instead, it’s placing its bets on hybrids, plug-in hybrids and fuel cells. Toyota Chairman...

Builder Jim Salomon of Newport Beach, California, the third person to lease a Honda FCX Clarity back in 2009, is still driving one—his third car—six years later. During a recent transition period while waiting for an FCX delivery, he deeply felt its absence—even though his garage also includes everything from a 1963...

In a run from about 2002 to 2008, Honda racked up an impressive list of firsts regarding hydrogen-powered vehicles. But in the past five years, the Japanese automaker has been relatively quiet regarding fuel cells. The hiatus—which roughly coincides with the emergence of battery-powered cars—ended in January 2015 with...