Toyota has come up with three new alternatively-fuelled concept cars that portray its vision for the future, which will be unveiled at the end of the month at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. The automaker said that that these concepts are meant to boost its position as “an environmental technology leader.” These concepts are how Toyota imagines its near, mid-term and long-term future.
The FT-EV III (Future Toyota – Electric Vehicle III), which is based on the Toyota iQ, is the near future concept. It is the newest concept in a range of iQ-based EVs that it had been building since 2009. This four-seat electric vehicle is intended for going on short distances.
In developing EV technology, Toyota has set a target of launching a production version in 2012 that’s ideal for short distances. Toyota conducted some tests in Japan that reveal that the FT-EV III could reach a range of around 65 miles on a fully charged lithium-ion battery.
The FCV-R (Fuel Cell Vehicle – Reality and Revolution) is the name for this mid-term concept. The FCV-R is 4700mm long and is a family-sized vehicle that is fueled by hydrogen. This is expected to be the next step to make the commercial launch of a Toyota fuel cell vehicle possible by 2015. The fuel-cell unit is positioned under the specially designed bodyshell.
As a result, the vehicle can carry as many as four passengers. Toyota’s figures reveal that the fuel cell stack, which comes with a 70 MPa high-pressure hydrogen tank, was enhanced to offer a range of about 430 miles.
The Toyota Fun-Vii (Fun-Vehicle interactive internet) concept is the final design. It is how Toyota visualizes a future wherein people, cars and society are linked.
Toyota has yet to divulge what would be the power source for the Fun-Vii. These three concepts are set to be on display at the Tokyo motor show in December. They will be shown beside the new FT-86 sports car and the Prius C compact hybrid.