Why Toyota Is Giving Away Their Patents for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

Hydrogen could be an amazing alternative fuel source in the future. Why? It's all in the science.

Unlike oil, which we have a finite amount of, hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, made of one proton and one electron. It's found in almost everything, from water, to grass, to cow manure.

It's also a powerful energy source, and produces only water when burned.

Toyota is hoping to lead the way to an emission-free future by putting hundreds of their hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCV) -- the 2016 Toyota Mirai -- on the road this year.

Of course, there are going to be some hiccups in adopting this new fuel. No one is going to build a hydrogen fuel station with FCVs on the road to bring them business, and no one is going to buy a hydrogen car without fuel stations to fill up.

Not to mention, the environmental benefits of emission-free hydrogen are reduced when you consider that this fuel is going to be transported by trucks and trains running on fossil fuels.

That's one of the reasons Toyota is making many of their FCV patents free to the public. They're hoping to spur other companies to create their own hydrogen vehicles. The state of California is also dedicated to the zero-emission cause, and has pledged to build 100 new hydrogen stations by 2025.

What do you think? Would you like to drive a car fueled by hydrogen, or would you rather stick with electric vehicles and hybrids, like the Toyota Prius?

Let us know at Joseph Airport Toyota, and test drive a new vehicle.


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