The FCV Plus explores different applications for future fuel cell-powered vehicles. To underline the futuristic technology, the exterior adopts a distinctive, sleek shape, cleaner than the current aesthetics for the production models.
The proportions are characterized by a very long wheelbase (3,000 mm) combined with a compact total length of 3,800 mm, which ensures a good comfort level.
Another distinctive feature is the hexagon-shaped frame structure of the interior, which provides rigidity despite the light weight of the car.
Altogether, the design conveys the vehicle’s advanced technology and outstanding environmental performance.
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.
Cars used as power generators
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.
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.
The car’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.
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.
That’s why Toyota envisages a sustainable society in which hydrogen energy is in widespread use―a society embodied by this concept vehicle.
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.
Toyota FCV Plus – Dimensions
- Length: 3,800 mm
- Width: 1,750 mm
- Height: 1,540 mm
- Wheelbase: 3,000 mm