The condensed hydrogen has a superior power density than electrical energy. This can be produced from an extensive array of raw materials, and is painless to store. This makes the compressed hydrogen a capable future power resource.
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Toyota is going to unveil three concept vehicles at the 2015 Motor Show in Tokyo. One among these three vehicles will be a hydrogen fuel-cell automobile, known as the FCV Plus. The Toyota FCV Plus concept is expected to be more radical than the Toyota Mirai, which is a production fuel-cell vehicle.
As hydrogen is a capable power source, Toyota imagines a sustainable culture in which the hydrogen power is in extensive application, a civilization personified by the Toyota concept. Hygienic production of hydrogen from an extensive assortment of major energy resources will create local, self-enough power generation a worldwide reality. Moreover, fuel cell automobiles will assume a new role as power resources inside their communities. The aim of Toyota is to add an all-latest sense of principle to the vehicle by transforming fuel cell automobiles from eco-sedans into energy-sedans.
The FCV Plus that debuted at the Motor Show in Tokyo is still a concept, but it mirrors the ever-growing discourse of Toyota on the way hydrogen will be the prospect of both power and propulsion. Thus, the concept was constructed around the thought of a society that counts on hydrogen for its power requirements, whether on the road or at home.
The exterior concept adopts a unique, sleek form, whereas the frame structure of its interior guarantees the rigidity in spite of the light weight of the vehicle. In total, the design concept of the vehicle conveys its sophisticated technology and the outstanding ecological performance.
From the inside of the Toyota concept, the bubble-like form and liberal glass would offer superior outward visibility. The interior of the vehicle is minimal, as well, with a head-up exhibit that performs the majority of the functions of conventional gauges, and a web-like fabric comprising the back seats.
Toyota FCV Plus concept Interior
Generating electrical energy
Other than the own hydrogen tank of the Toyota FCV Plus concept, the vehicle can also generate electrical energy directly from the hydrogen, which is preserved outside the vehicle. Thus, the vehicle will be capable of transforming it into a stable resource of electric energy for use at home or on the street.
When the FCV Plus concept is not being exercised as a way of transport, it will share its power generation abilities with communities as a part of the local infrastructure. The fuel cell stack of this concept vehicle can be used again as an electricity-generating tool, going beyond the conventional functions of vehicles. These stacks could share the electrical energy considerably with local communities, thereby putting itself to flexible uses around the world.
The fuel cell stack in it is installed between the hydrogen tank at the back of the rear seat and the front tires. In conjunction with the implementation of the self-governing in-wheel-motors in all the four wheels of the vehicle allows for a roomy cabin in spite of the compact body of the vehicle.
By focusing on the functional elements at the front and the back, this next-cohort fuel cell vehicle package generates the best possible weight balance and an extensive field of visualization.
Price of Toyota FCV Plus concept
The expected base price of the Toyota FCV Plus concept vehicle will be $69,000.
FCV Plus concept gallery
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