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Toyota fuel cells: Next big thing or doomed to irrelevance?

Tech has a lot going for it, but plasma panels offer a cautionary tale

A visitor looks at the underside components of a Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle at an auto show in the U.S.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Despite the faster, sportier and cheaper electric vehicles that dominated the Tokyo Motor Show earlier this month, Toyota Motor is steadfast in its belief that fuel-cell vehicles should not be forgotten.

True, the hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicle has some clear benefits. But technological strengths and weaknesses are never fixed in place. The disaster of the plasma display offers a cautionary tale.

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