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Toyota Announces Plan To Coordinate The Development Of California Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicle "Community"


Automaker Sets December Delivery Date of First Two Vehicles Leased to UC-Irvine in the South and UC-Davis in the North

Torrance, CA - Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today announced that it will begin a program in December that will help to establish a fuel-cell hybrid-electric vehicle (FCHV) community in the state of California, linking government, education and industry, and include partner-providers of critical hydrogen refueling infrastructure.

"The task of bringing practical fuel-cell powered vehicles to the mass market will require a considerable investment of time, resources, cooperation and patience," said Jim Press, TMS executive vice president and COO. "This program marks a significant first step in the right direction."

The program begins with the delivery of the first two Toyota FCHV hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles to the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and the University of California, Davis (UCD) at a press conference on Monday, Dec. 2, at the Barclay Theatre, adjacent the UCI campus. The vehicles will be leased to the universities for 30 months at a cost of approximately $10,000 per month. Both universities are at the forefront of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle and infrastructure research, development and implementation.

The Toyota FCHV is based on Toyota's popular Highlander mid-size sport utility vehicle and represents advancement on the FCHV-4 hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, which has undergone comprehensive real-world testing over the last 16 months in California and Japan.

Earlier today, TMS' parent company Toyota Motor Corporation announced that it will initiate a lease program that will place four Toyota FCHVs with agencies of the Japan government on December 2.

(November 18, 2002)

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