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Doc Brown and Marty McFly reunite to talk Toyota's car of the future

Toyota brings Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd together again to discuss the tech from "Back to the Future" and how Toyota's working on cars like the Mirai, which runs on hydrogen.


"Are you telling me that this sucker is NUCLEAR?"

Marty McFly asked that question of Doc Brown in the original "Back to the Future" movie when he was first introduced to the time-traveling DeLorean. When Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd -- who played Marty and Doc, respectively -- were reunited by Toyota in a short video to discuss the new Toyota Mirai hydrogen car on Tuesday, it was Lloyd's turn to ask the question.

"No, this sucker's electrical," quipped Toyota engineer Mischa Pollack, the same response Doc gave to Marty back in 1985. Pollack then proceeded to demonstrate how the Mirai partially uses fuel created from garbage, just like the DeLorean's Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor from "Back to the Future Part II."

The Mirai runs on hydrogen created from biogas that's made out of decomposed organic waste at landfills, so Mirai owners won't be able to just chuck their garbage into the car to make it run, but it does technically run, at least in part, on trash. You can read more about the Mirai on CNET's product page for the 2016 vehicle .

Toyota invited 300 soon-to-be Mirai owners to share in the "Back to the Future" experience on Tuesday, when they watched Fox and Lloyd re-create the trash-to-fuel scene from the original 1985 movie. At the event, the group discussed hydrogen car tech and "Back to the Future" in a panel led by CNET Editor-at-Large Brian Cooley.

The video was created in celebration of Back to the Future Day on October 21, 2015, the same day Marty and Doc arrived in the future in "Back to the Future Part II."