Toyota Mirai is displayed during the 89th Geneva International Motor Show on March 5 in Switzerland. Robert Hradil / Getty Images Pop quiz: Is a hydrogen car an electric car? If you answered (or guessed) yes, you’re correct. Hydrogen fuel cell cars are electric vehicles that generate power through a chemical reaction while they’re being driven, instead of needing to be plugged in to charge. "From an operational perspective, it’s the same. You have a steering wheel, you have a transmission," said Tom DeLuise, national commercial and government fleet sales manager for Toyota Motor North America. His company makes a zero-emissions fuel cell EV called the Mirai. "The difference is the vehicle is running on hydrogen fuel." So it emits nothing but water from the tailpipe. And yes, people have sipped it. (But why?) Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, or FCEVs, have been in development for decades but only commercially available since 2016. Toyota, Honda and Hyundai are the only car companies that sell them in the U.S. Approximately 1,100 have been sold so far in California, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles. If the very notion of a hydrogen car conjures images of the Hindenburg exploding into […]

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