Covered in metallic sky-blue paint and powered by hydrogen, the new Toyota FCV-R concept proves that the automaker is determined to remain at the forefront of fuel cell technology. Released to the public first at the Tokyo Motor Show in late 2011, then again at Detroit last month, the model seems to resurface quite a bit.
While East Coast Toyota can't say for sure whether we will see the FCV-R make it to production, company officials have confirmed that the concept model's technology will be used in a market-ready, hydrogen-powered vehicle by 2015. Exactly what does that technology look like? The Toyota FCV-R stores a 70 MPa high-pressure hydrogen tank in a fuel cell stack located under the vehicle's passenger cell. This powertrain allows the alternative fuel model to reach an impressive driving range of around 435 miles or more.
With so much attention surrounding the automaker's Toyota Prius family (i.e. the Toyota Prius v), you may wonder why Toyota has chosen to move from hybrid to hydrogen. Well, first off, let East Coast Toyota assure you that the gas-electric king has no plans to abandon its hybrid offerings. In fact, it seems as though more advanced Prius models are produced every day. Secondly, the fuel cell technology scene seems to be largely untouched within the automotive world. Therefore, it only makes sense that our favorite innovative automaker would want to pioneer it quickly as possible.
To learn more about the benefits of hydrogen-powered vehicles, feel free to contact East Coast Toyota with questions. Of course, you can always stop by 85 State Hwy 17 Wood Ridge, NJ 07075 and talk with us in person as well. Our team of Toyota experts would be more than happy to answer questions about any new Toyota vehicle or technology.