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Tokyo 2015: Toyota extends hydrogen portfolio with FCV Plus concept

Tokyo 2015: Toyota extends hydrogen portfolio with FCV Plus concept image

Text: / Photos: Eric Tipan, Toyota | posted October 29, 2015 15:02

Toyota goes beyond providing automotive transport with FCV Plus concept

Toyota is heavily investing in the future of alternative energy after the company debuted a new hydrogen fuel cell powered concept called the FCV Plus. Designed by Toyota to provide transport and as a source of sustainable energy for society, the FCV Plus aims to make the car of the future serve a dual purpose.

Armed with the fact that compressed hydrogen delivers more power than electricity and can be harvested from a wide array of raw materials, Toyota claimed that this hydrogen power will become a promising supply of energy.

Rear quarter view of the Toyota FCV Plus

Featuring a funky, futuristic design, the white exterior is contrasted with bright blue accents that can be seen on the headlights, front emblem, wheels and glass cabin. Dimension-wise, it's 3,800mm long, 1,750mm wide, 1,540mm tall and has a wheelbase measurement of 3,000mm.

Inside, it can easily seat four occupants, plus the driver. Moreover, the FCV Plus was constructed in such a way, that all of its key components are stored underneath the vehicle. The fuel cell stack is placed between the front tires while the hydrogen tank is mounted behind the rear seats.

Power is then delivered to the each independent in-wheel motor, omitting the need for an engine bay.

Inside the Toyota FCV Plus

When not transporting people from A to B, the FCV plus can be used to provide electricity for homes and even communities as it can run on external hydrogen tanks. In addition, the fuel cell stacks can be repurposed as an electricity generating device, extending the purpose of the car.

Toyota did not state if there is a timeline wherein the FCV Plus will become a production fuel cell vehicle like the Mirai.