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Toyota, which developed this fuel cell concept car, is part of a group pushing to open hydrogen stations in Japan.   © Reuters
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Batteries vs fuel cells: Auto sector's 'post oil' battle picks up

Electric cars have the lead but Japan is keeping up the fight for hydrogen

SHINICHIRO IBUSUKI, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- Fuel cell cars are few and far between. Only about 2,000 are roving around Japan, and hydrogen stations are lucky to see a couple of vehicles a day. But this has not stopped Toyota Motor and 10 other Japanese companies from betting on the technology through a new partnership.

Consider it a salvo in the battle to determine the transportation power source of tomorrow. On the other side? Batteries. The outcome could decide what direction other industries go in their shift away from fossil fuels.

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