Ew. Made me want the fr-s even less.
Toyota hasn't forgotten about fuel cells, which is why it's come up with the FCV-R as a kind of belated answer to Honda's brilliant FCX Clarity.
As Toyota sees it, the FCV-R previews what a practical, hydrogen-powered, five-seat family sedan might look like around 2015.
The fuel cell stack powering this concept consists of a 70 MPa high-pressure hydrogen tank and the system is set up to give a cruising distance of some 435 miles or more, based on Japan's JC08 test cycle, Toyota says. Measuring 187 inches end to end, the FCV-R is about 10 inches shorter than an Avalon. The name, in case you were wondering, stands for Fuel Cell Vehicle - Reality & Revolution.
The Toyota-brand display will include a concept version of the fuel cell vehicle scheduled for
launch around 2015, as well as next-generation taxi designed with usability in mind and a
concept car that connects with its driver in an easy-to-use, intuitive manner.
Toyota FCV Concept (world premiere)
The Toyota FCV Concept is a practical concept of the fuel cell vehicle Toyota plans to launch
around 2015 as a pioneer in the development of hydrogen-powered vehicles. The concept
boasts a driving range of at least 500 km and refueling times as low as three minutes, roughly
the same time as a gasoline vehicle.
The vehicle's exterior design takes cues from a catamaran and evokes flowing water. The front
view features air intakes on each side that symbolize the "taking in air, emitting water" function
of the cutting-edge technology. The side view conveys this air-to-water transformation with its
flowing-liquid door profile and wave-motif fuel cap, while the rear view conveys a catamaran's
With Toyota's proprietary small, light-weight FC Stack and two 70 MPa high-pressure hydrogen
tanks placed beneath the specially designed body, the Toyota FCV Concept can accommodate
up to four passengers.
The Toyota FC Stack boasts power output density of 3 kW/l, more than twice that of the current
"Toyota FCHV-adv" FC Stack. In addition, the FC system is equipped with Toyota's
high-efficiency boost converter. Increasing the voltage made it possible to reduce the size of the
motor and the number of FC cells, leading to a smaller FC system with enhanced performance
at reduced cost.
FCV Concept specifications:
Length: 4,870mm. Width: 1,810mm. Height: 1,535mm. Wheelbase: 2,780mm. Occupancy: 4.
At CES in Las Vegas, Toyota's Bob Carter shows a company mockup of its foray into hydrogen-based cars and discusses the challenges, getting the price down, and creating a viable refeuling infrastructure.
FCVs are powered by fuel cells, which generate electricity from hydrogen, which is not only environmentally friendly and highly energy-efficient, but can also be produced using a variety of readily available raw materials.
Thanks to these characteristics, fuel cell vehicles are ideal for achieving sustainable mobility.
Therefore, Toyota is striving to make this vehicle technology widely available as soon as possible.
Heralding the fuel cell vehicle Toyota plans to launch in 2015 as a pioneer in the development of hydrogen-powered vehicles, the Toyota FCV Concept makes its European debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.