What's the difference between hydrogen and electric cars?

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Electricity made on the move

An electric vehicle is powered by electricity stored in a battery which needs recharging when it runs low. Whereas a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle like the Toyota Mirai produces its own electricity through a chemical reaction in its fuel cell stack.

Refuelled with hydrogen from a pump in less than five minutes, much like a conventional petrol vehicle, the Mirai offers impressive performance, convenient long-distance motoring and its only emission is water.

Still wondering what the difference is between hydrogen and electric cars? Discover the answers to other popular fuel cell electric vehicle questions below.

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