Toyota FCV-R Hydrogen Powered Concept Car
Bye bye petrol. Farewell diesel. Toyota plans to launch a hydrogen powered, zero emission, car in Europe, the USA and Japan by 2015. Why? Because the manufacturer believes this fuel “offers the best solution to the challenges of energy sources and emissions”. This potentially revolutionary four-door saloon – which has not yet been named – will be based on Toyota's FCV-R Concept as seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2013. This, in turn, is an evolution of the hydrogen concept that was revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show 2011. Furthermore, Toyota expects to produce tens of thousands of hydrogen vehicles during the 2020s that emit water vapour rather than hazardous pollutants. The FCV-R Concept vehicle is 4,745mm long, 1,510mm tall, and 1,790mm wide which is similar to a new Toyota Avensis Saloon. Furthermore, as most of the hydrogen parts are fitted beneath the floor it has similar passenger/cargo space as a traditional car of comparable proportions. More importantly – and unlike zero emission battery powered vehicles - it has a maximum range of about 420 miles in test conditions. However, it remains to be seen how efficient the production model will be on a real road.