Toyota FCV Concept: an awkward look at our fuel cell automotive future?

It’s awkward, slab-sided, under-tyred and just a bit painful on the eyes, but what’s under the Toyota FCV Concept’s skin might be what will power our cars in 20 to 30 years time.

According to Toyota the FCV Concept has around 100kW of power on tap. This is produced by a compact and proprietary fuel cell stack that combines hydrogen, stored in two high pressure (70MPa) tanks, with oxygen drawn from the air we breathe to create water and electricity.

Range is reported to about 500km when the hydrogen tanks are full. The FCV Concept can also be plugged into the household grid and when full of hydrogen can power a typical Japanese home, using about 10kWh, for over a week.

The FCV seats four inside its not too pretty confines. No doubt the FCV Concept’s shape, as well as its skinny tyres, is highly aerodynamic, although Toyota has yet to quote any numbers. Toyota says the FCV Concept’s side profile, especially around the rear doors, is inspired by flowing liquid, while the rear view is modelled on that of catamaran’s.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]