Toyota has now taken the wraps off their new Fuel Cell Vehicle Concept which will make its official debut during the Tokyo Motor Show programmed for the 20th November- 1st of December. The FCV is a preview for the future fuel cell vehicle the company intends to launch in 2015. Following the eco friendly, fuel efficient trend set in the past few years, Toyota`s concept offers a more than 500 Km (310 miles) driving autonomy with a refueling time of only three minutes, just like in the case of a regular gasoline vehicle.
The FCV Concept measures 4.870 mm in length, 1.810 mm in width and 1.535 mm in height and it is not the prettiest car you`ve ever seen. The manufacturer focused more on the vehicle`s practical purposes then its exterior styling cues in order to deliver a pioneer car for the future development of hydrogen powered vehicles.
The exterior of the Fuel Cell Vehicle concept embeds two main characteristics of a fuel cell car: powerful acceleration provided by an electric drive engine and the fascinating metamorphosis of air into water while the system outputs electricity. The auto comes with enhanced air intakes, a `wave- motif` fuel cap, `flowing- liquid door profile` (for air to water transformation). Water is conveyed to the rear of the vehicle through a `catamaran`s stern` leading to the water flow behind. The body was designed to hold two 70 MPa high- pressure fuel tanks and a light weight FC Stack positioned underneath it.
The FC Stack provides a power output density of 3 kW/ L, which is more than twice the output provided by the initial `FCV- adv` FC Stack. The FC system comes with a boost converter added to enhance the voltage. Due to the powerful voltage the number of the fuel cells as well as the size of the motor powering the vehicle were severely diminished.
The vehicle offers enough electricity for an average Japanese home (10 Kw) to last more than one week when fully fueled.
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