Pennsylvania’s Role in Fuel’s Past and Future

August 19th, 2015 by

Have you ever visited Titusville? It’s a small town about an hour and a half north of New Castle, and there isn’t much special about it if you were just passing through.

But this little Pennsylvania town has one enormous historical significance. It was the birthplace of oil.

The river that runs through it is known as “Oil Creek.” It got the name because of the way the substance used to float in a thin iridescent film on the water’s surface. Early settlers would skim this oil out of the water and bottle it as a healing tonic.

Then in 1859, the first oil well was drilled right in Titusville, and the oil industry was born.

Now, Toyota is introducing a new fuel source to the modern market– hydrogen.

In a symbolic gesture, a sort of changing of the guard, Toyota returns to Oil Creek to harvest fuel. This time, however, what they’re after is the water itself.

Every molecule of water is two parts hydrogen, one part oxygen. Fuel makers use this fact, and separate the molecules to create hydrogen fuel.

Visit Preston Toyota to learn more about the hydrogen fuel cell Toyota Mirai, and explore our efficient new inventory.

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