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Fuel Cell Cars Hit California Roads

Toyota and Honda delivered their first market ready zero-emission hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles today.

The University of California got the first two Toyota hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. They have a range of 180 miles and a top speed of 96 miles an hour.

In Los Angeles, Honda delivered its first street-certified hydrogen-powered fuel cell car to Mayor James Hahn. The City of Los Angeles is leasing five Honda fuel cell test vehicles for driving by city staff.

U.C. Irvine and U.C. Davis got the Toyotas in what is described as the first step in a plan to establish California fuel-cell “community” partnerships of government, business and higher education.

The vehicles delivered today are the first of six Toyota fuel-cell cars leased to the two campuses as part of the program to bring refinements and improvements. Four additional vehicles will arrive next year with each car leased for 30 months.