Toyota FCV Plus Concept prepared for 2015 Tokyo Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 15, 2015

For the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota prepared the FCV Concept, a vehicle that explores the hydrogen fuel cell as an energy source for general use.

Toyota has long imagined a sustainable community where the use of hydrogen energy is prevalent. Compressed hydrogen is seen by many as the future when it comes to energy source since it is possible to generate it using a range of different raw materials, very easy to store, and more importantly has an energy density higher than that of electricity.

Once it is possible to generate clean hydrogen from a wide variety of energy sources, it will make self-sufficiency of power generation a reality. This will also be the time that fuel cell vehicles will take on the role as the community’s power sources.

The goal of Toyota therefore is to give automobiles a new purpose by making them into fuel cell vehicles, thereby converting them from simply being an eco-car to becoming an energy car.

Aside from the use of its very own hydrogen tank, the car is also able to produce energy straight from the hydrogen that is stored outside of it.

This means that the vehicle can be a stable power source of electricity either at home or elsewhere. What this means is that the car is capable of sharing the power it generates to others that need it.

For example when the car is not yet being used as transport, it can become part of the community’s local infrastructure as it can generate power on its own.

Since its fuel cell stack can be reused as a device that can generate electricity, it is able to surpass the traditional function of any vehicle. When this versatility is utilized anywhere in the world, it means that these same stacks give a significant contribution to the local community.

Location-wise, the fuel cell stacks are mounted in between the car’s front tires with the hydrogen tank being placed at the back of the rear seat. When combined with the independent in-wheel motors for each of its wheels, it provides for a spacious cabin even if it has a compact body.

Since the car’s functional parts have been concentrated on its front and rear portion, this gives the car not just an optimal weight balance but also gives it a wider field of vision.

While the car may have a light weight, the unique and sleek shape of the exterior plus the interior’s frame structure gives it rigidity. Overall, the design of the car displays the use of sophisticated technology and an excellent environmental performance.

Press Release

Toyota FCV Plus concept

The FCV Plus concept explores how the hydrogen fuel cell used to power a car can also be deployed to as an energy source for general use. As well as having its own hydrogen fuel tank, the FCV Plus can generate electricity from hydrogen stored outside the vehicle, so the car can be used to produce power in different locations – at home, at work, or further afield.

This versatility reflects Toyota’s vision of a sustainable society where hydrogen energy is in widespread use.

Compressed hydrogen has a higher energy density than electricity, can be produced from a wide range of raw materials and is easy to store – all qualities that make it a promising future source of energy.

Clean hydrogen generation from different primary energy sources will make local, self-sufficient power generation possible, with fuel cell vehicles taking on a new role as power sources within their communities. Toyota’s aim is to give the automobile a new sense of purpose by developing fuel cell vehicles from eco-cars into energy-cars.

When the car is not being used for transport, it can share its power generation capabilities with communities as part of the local infrastructure. The fuel cell stack can be reused as a device to generate electricity, going beyond the traditional functions of a car.

The fuel cell stack in the FCV Plus is mounted between the front wheels, with the hydrogen tank located behind the rear seat. Together with independent in-wheel motors in all four wheels, this allows for a spacious cabin within a compact vehicle body. Concentrating the functional parts of the car at the front and rear creates an ideal weight balance and gives the driver a wide field of vision.

The concept is 3,800mm long, 1,750mm wide and 1,540mm high, with a 3,000mm wheelbase. The distinctive sleek exterior design is supported by a rigid frame in an overall lightweight package. As a whole, the design has been conceived to express both the car’s advanced technology and its outstanding environmental performance.

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