The Japanese government (who didn't have anything to do with Prius development) has given approval for domestic market leasing of Toyotas newest fuel cell hybrid, the FCHV-adv. We don't know if our assumed graphic update properly represents the new look of the updated FCHV, but the updated goodies under hood and better regenerative braking gives the new zero-emissions Highlander a total range of 516 miles. Wait, that's actually pretty damn impressive. Where do we sign up for the sports car version? [ Yahoo News]
Commenters already shot hydrogen full of holes at Gizmodo a few days ago.
Making hydrogen from water using electricity, then compressing it, then running it through a fuel cell to make electricity is ridiculously inefficient; you're far better off eliminating hydrogen and recharging batteries. So most hydrogen is made from fossil fuels, a process that takes less energy but emits a lot of CO2 (and is still really inefficient). So Big Oil likes hydrogen since it gives their trillion-dollar fossil fuel and gas station businesses a future and they can hype "no tailpipe emissions".
The BMW hydrogen 7 *burns* hydrogen in a regular internal combusion engine. So it doesn't even get the efficiencies of an electric motor.