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.