Toyota brought out the big intellectual guns to impress us with its plans for the
future. Physicist Michio Kaku expounded at length about how we're
"entering the age of hydrogen," and emphasized the value of
collaboration, as epitomized by Henry Ford and Thomas Edison at the
birth of the automotive era.
Stressing recent oil disasters, Kaku emphasized that hydrogen is volatile but dissipates quickly, and that we've been working with it long enough that we've smoothed out the kinks. "We are present at the creation of a hydrogen society."
Simulating a blackout, Carter "plugged" the car into the faux house to emphasize that the hydrogen fuel cell can power everything, not just cars. He claimed the fuel cell in the car could power a typical house for a week in an emergency.