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That Toyota Highlander spotted in Death Valley isn't some LA soccer mom gone lost and desert-blind — it's the FCHV fuel-cell hybrid amidst (really freaking) hot weather testing. Until now, the FCHV's only been seen at car shows. But lo, as it cruises through the Valley that is Death, it's just like any other model being punished prior to production. The FCHV may never see a mass market, but there's no doubt that it's likely being used as a test mule for Toyota's latest fuel-cell technology, which could inform future generations of hybrids, as well as a pastry-in-the-sky hydrogen fleet.

Toyota FCHV Spy Photos [World Car Fans]

Hydrogen Hoedown in Long Beach [internal]