Toyota FCV Plus is a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle with an extremely indigenous look (vehicle looks more like a spaceship than a car), AWD drivetrain with in-wheel motors and cool feature that allows exporting electricity.
11/14/15 4:00 am chumakdenis 1
If you think that Toyota gave up on hydrogen fuel cell technology, you are completely wrong.
Not only did the company continue working under fuel cell technology, it also opened more R&D centers to improve a technology of generating electricity and oxygen (improve energy efficiency).
As a result, we’ve received a brand-new vehicle that can generate electricity on the fly - the vehicle uses hydrogen stored outside the vehicle—and can last much more (compressed hydrogen has a higher energy density than electricity).
Sounds quite interesting, isn’t it?
Let’s figure out more.
Toyota FVC Plus
Toyota FCV Plus is the latest development of Toyota Motor Corporation.
It embodies everything Toyota worked so hard on within last 2-3 years.
Local, self-sufficient power generator, AWD drivetrain with four in-wheel motors, incredible range because of the new fuel type (it’s rumored that energy conversion efficiency is more than 90%) and some other cool gizmos.
It really stands out from the crowd and everything in this car says about it: just look at the pictures below and you’ll understand why.
Presented at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015, the vehicle made a real splash.
“The FCV Plus concept embodies plans for an eco-friendly future where hydrogen energy is widespread in its use: the fuel cell vehicle isn’t only a means of transport; it is also a tool to turn hydrogen into electricity so that it becomes a power source for general use in the community.”
Exterior and interior
The exterior adopts a distinctive, sleek shape, while the frame structure of the interior ensures rigidity despite the light weight of the car. Altogether, the design conveys the vehicle's advanced technology and outstanding environmental performance.
A few words about compressed hydrogen
Compressed hydrogen has a higher energy density than electricity, can be generated from a wide range of raw materials, and is easy to store, making it a promising future energy source.
“Clean generation of hydrogen from a wide range of primary energy sources will make local, self-sufficient power generation a global reality, and fuel cell vehicles will take on a new role as power sources within their communities. Toyota's aim is to add an all-new sense of purpose to the automobile by turning fuel cell vehicles from eco-cars into energy-cars.”
Generating electricity on the fly
In addition to the vehicle's own hydrogen tank, the car can also generate electricity directly from hydrogen stored outside the vehicle. The vehicle can thus be transformed into a stable source of electric power for use at home or away.
Sharing generated power with others
When the car is not being used as a means of transport, it shares its power generation capabilities with communities as part of the local infrastructure.
Thinking about future generations
The vehicle's fuel cell stack can be reused as an electricity generating device, transcending the traditional functions of cars. Put to versatile uses around the world, these stacks could contribute significantly to local communities.
The fuel cell stack is mounted between the front tires and the hydrogen tank behind the rear seat. Together with the adoption of independent in-wheel motors in all four wheels, this allows for a spacious cabin despite the vehicle's compact vehicle body.
By concentrating functional parts at the front and the rear of the vehicle, this next-generation fuel cell vehicle package creates an optimal weight balance and a wide field of vision.
Length – 3,800 mm
Width – 1,750 mm
Height – 1540mm
Wheelbase – 3,000 mm
Number of seats -4
Production terms have not been announced.
The car is still in the development.
More details are coming.
Stay tuned with us for more news.