Toyota Chairman Says Fuel-Cell Cars Need More Time to Catch On

Toyota Motor Corp. Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada, known as the “father of the Prius” for his work on the world’s best-selling hybrid car, said fuel-cell vehicles will take longer than gasoline-electric autos to become popular because of the need to build infrastructure. Toyota has long contended it’s more likely to convince consumers to use gasoline-electric hybrids and fuel-cell vehicles rather than battery-electric autos, which tend to have less driving range and take longer to recharge than filling up with gasoline or hydrogen. With annual sales of 3,000 fuel-cell vehicles currently, the manufacturer plans to increase the figure 10-fold by 2020, Uchiyamada said.


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