Toyota has announced it will begin selling fuel cell cars next month, taking a first small step into the unproven market for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicles.

The sporty-looking, four-door Toyota Mirai – that runs on compressed hydrogen gas without emitting exhaust – will be available in Japan on December 15 and in the US and Europe in mid-2015, the world’s largest automaker said on Tuesday.

Mitsuhisa Kato, a Toyota executive vice president, said Mirai will retail for about $57,600 before taxes.

Besides the relatively high cost, buyers will have to contend with finding fuel. Only a few dozen hydrogen filling stations have been built worldwide, though governments are subsidising the construction of more.

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