Toyota FCV-R Concept (2012)

CARBARN | Toyota FCV-R Concept (2012) | Offering global future energy security, hydrogen can be made from a wide variety of raw materials, from petroleum and natural gas to biomass. Carrying out electrolysis using electricity generated from natural energy sources Such as solar, wind or hydro-power enables the production of hydrogen without the commensurate generation of significant CO2 emissions. In Europe, a hydrogen infrastructure has already Begun to emerge. It is of sufficient density to allow Toyota to road test and build the profile of hydrogen fuel cells as a viable powertrain. Through the fusion of advanced technology, smart thinking and intelligent packaging, the Toyota FCV-R combines breakthrough innovation with ergonomic practicality and futuristic styling.

A center console-mounted, twin-screen evolution of Toyota Touch Life-recently-launched on the Toyota iQ provides easy access to the main infotainment controls. The lower, icon-display touch-screen is designed to control the navigation, audio and air conditioning systems. The system has been designed for easy connection with a smartphone, both replicating phone applications on the vehicle's display screen vehicle and relaying information to the phone. The vehicle is just 4.745 mm long, 1.510 mm 1.790 mm high and wide. The fuel cell stack is smaller than in previous FCVs, and sits under the seats, along with twin hydrogen tanks.

The combined volume of the hydrogen tanks equips the Toyota FCV-R with a driving range of approximately 700 km whilst generating zero CO2, NOx or PM and with water vapor the only emission. The twin hydrogen tanks and the FC stack are located Beneath the vehicle floor, both cabin and luggage maximising space to create an entirely practical family sedan.  Toyota is already Overcoming some of the historical barriers to the creation of marketable fuel cell vehicles.

Following further fine-tuning and technological development, Toyota will introduce an affordable sedan-type FCV the which matches the performance of conventional, combustion engine vehicle in Japan, the U.S. and Europe by 2015.

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