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2013 Toyota FCV Concept Overview

The Toyota FCV Concept has been revealed for the first time at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Toyota plans to launch the production fuel cell vehicle around 2015 and it will be a pioneering achievement for Toyota in the development of hydrogen powered vehicles.

In size, the vehicle is 4870mm long, 1810 mm wide and 1535 mm high. It has a wide wheelbase of 2780mm. The powertrain features a compact packaging including a compact and lightweight fuel stack and a pair of high pressure (70 mPa) hydrogen tanks. This is located beneath the specially designed body and means that the vehicle can carry up to four occupants. The output density of the FC Stack is 3kW / I. This is twice more than that of the system previously used in the FCHV – adv concept. the maximum pwer output of the vehicle is at least 100kW. There is also the provision of a high efficiency boost converter. Toyota has made the motor smaller by increasing the voltage and has reduced the number of fuel cells. Therefore, Toyota has achieved compact and better performance at reduced costs. Due to the progressive refinement of hydrogen fuel cell technology, the car has a range of at least 300 miles on a full tank and refuelling time of around three minutes which is approximately the same required for a petrol or diesel vehicle.

The design of the car implies the basic characteristic of the car – a fuel cell vehicle as in the transformation of air into water as the system produces electricity as well as the powerful acceleration of the electric drive motor. There is a wave motif on the filler cap, rear end treatment inspired by the stem of a catamaran. The front fascia has pronounced air intakes.

Apart from driving, a fully fuelled vehicle can generate 1okWh, enough to power an average Japanese family for a week.

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