Toyota presented their Fuel Cell Vehicle concept during the Tokyo Motor Show. The production ready version will be launched in 2015.
The vehicle is not the most beautiful auto you have ever seen, however, it compensates with a 500 Km (310 miles) driving autonomy and a short refueling time of only three minutes. This way, the company complies to the environmentally friendly trend by offering a vehicle which required the same amount of refueling as a regular gasoline vehicle, feature that makes it appealing to the potential buyer.
The FCV concept is 4.870 mm long, 1.870 mm long and 1.535 mm high with a 2.780 mm wheelbase and can provide a comfortable ride for four passengers. The engineers chose to focus on the concept`s practical features rather than its exterior styling cues. Their efforts resulted in a pioneer auto, a milestone for the future development of hydrogen power systems integrated in cars.
As the manufacturer identified them, the concept features the two main traits of a fuel powered car: metamorphosis of air into water delivering the electricity output as well as a powerful acceleration delivered by the electric drive engine. The vehicle`s almost futuristic design reveals enhanced air intakes, a `flowing- liquid door profile` designed for air to water transformation as well as a `wave-motif` fuel cap.
The auto`s body holds two 70 MPa high- pressure fuel tanks together with a light weight FC Stack providing a power output density of 3 kW/ L and a minimum output of 100 kW. Toyota is proud to inform that the current FC Stack-which comes with a boost converter for an enhanced voltage-produces more than twice the output of the initial `FCV-adv` FC Stack. The number of fuel cells and the overall size of the motor were diminished due to the powerful voltage provided by the boost converter.
Designed to appeal to the Japanese market, a fully fueled Toyota FCV produces enough energy to last for a week`s transport needs of an average Japanese home.
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