Toyota has unveiled the new FCV concept ahead of its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month.
Toyota has unveiled the new FCV concept ahead of its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. The FCV concept is a concept version of the fuel cell vehicle that Toyota plans to release around 2015.
The FCV concept has a driving range of at least 310 miles and can be refueled in as low as three minutes, which is about the same time it takes to refuel a gasoline vehicle. According to Toyota the design of the FCV concept evokes two key characteristics of a fuel cell vehicle: the transformation of air into water as the system produces electricity, and the powerful acceleration enabled by the electric drive motor. The bold front view features pronounced air intakes, while the sleek side view conveys the air-to-water transformation with its flowing-liquid door profile and wave-motif fuel cap. The theme carries to the rear view, which conveys a catamaran’s stern and the flow of water behind.
The FCV concept is powered by a 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 has a power output density of 3 kW/L, more than twice that of the current “Toyota FCHV-adv” FC Stack, and an output of at least 100 kW.