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July 03, 2002

Toyota to Lease 20 Fuel-Cell-Powered SUVs by Early 2003

Toyota Motor Corporation announced on July 1st that it will begin leasing a limited number of its fuel-cell-powered sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in the United States and Japan around the end of this year. The announcement follows successful road tests of the company's fuel cell prototype, the FCHV-1. The U.S. version of the hydrogen-fueled fuel cell SUV will be based on the Toyota Highlander.

Toyota plans to lease a total of 20 vehicles to entities that have access to a hydrogen fueling system and to Toyota's service specialists. Because of the vehicle's high cost and decreased performance in cold weather, Toyota will only offer the leases to select private businesses, technology-related companies, institutional organizations and research facilities. See the Toyota press release.