LexusIt may seem odd that so many automakers are developing hydrogen-powered cars.
Not many people have heard of the technology, and from an infrastructure standpoint, purely electric vehicles make more sense. For example, there are 12,131 electric stations in the United States, and hydrogen stations are really only available in California.
But a lot of work is being done behind the scenes to make hydrogen-powered cars a reality.
Here's a look at all the hydrogen-powered cars we can expect to see in the near future:
Toyota has been working on hydrogen-powered cars the longest, having put 23 years into the technology. Here we see its hydrogen car, the Toyota Mirai.
The automaker has been selling the Toyota Mirai in Japan since December 2014, but began sales in California in October 2015 — marking the first time hydrogen-powered vehicles were sold in the United States.
The automaker has sold 64 Toyota Mirais in California as of January 14, a Toyota spokesperson told Tech Insider. Toyota plans to sell 30,000 a year worldwide by 2020.
The Toyota Mirai can drive for 312 miles before needing a refuel and reaches a top speed of 111 miles per hour.
The Mirai has a frontal radar system so it can detect potential collisions and automatically employ the brakes.
Here we see the interior of the Mirai.
The car is also equipped with a camera so it can detect lane drift and alert the driver with a buzzer to correct the situation.
Honda will begin leasing its fuel-cell car, the Honda Clarity, in California by the end of 2016.
The Honda Clarity will have a refuel time of just three to five minutes and can go 400 miles before needing more fuel. Below we see its interior.
The Honda Clarity will cost around $60,000 and has a targeted monthly lease of $500.
Lexus wants to unveil its hydrogen-powered car in 2020, but we have yet to hear details on its range or other specs.
It's worth noting that Lexus' parent company is Toyota.
The car comes with high-tech perks like a display that can be controlled with simple hand gestures.
Audi unveiled a concept car, the h-tron quattro, at the Detroit Auto Show that can drive 372 miles on hydrogen alone.
The mustard yellow, fuel cell car can go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in under 7.1 seconds.
The Audi h-tron quattro also comes with driver assist systems, like projecting your surroundings in real-time so you can change lanes and merge easier.
The interior of Audi's hydrogen-powered car offers plenty of leg room and television screens for its passengers.