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Toyota Unveils Its FCV Concept

December 2, 2013 in Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Practical Concept’ of Hydrogen Car That’s to Launch ‘Around 2015’

Toyota took the occasion of the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show to unveil the Toyota FCV Concept, which it said 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 exterior design of Toyota’s FVC concept, the automaker says, ‘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 exterior design of Toyota’s FVC concept, the automaker says, ‘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.’

With twin 10,000-psi hydrogen fuel tanks, the four-passenger vehicle has a driving range of at least 500 kilometers – 310 miles – and fueling times as low as three minutes, roughly the same time as for a gasoline vehicle.

Toyota FCV concept makes the scene at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show.

Toyota FCV concept makes the scene at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show.

The proprietary Toyota fuel cell stack has a power output density of 3 kilowatts per liter, Toyota says – double that of the stack in the automaker’s current FCHV vehicle.

Higher Voltage

The concept car is also equipped with a high-efficiency boost converter. “Increasing the voltage has made it possible to reduce the size of the motor and the number of fuel cells, leading to a smaller system offering enhanced performance at reduced cost,” Toyota says.


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