Toyota reveals fuel-cell concepts for Tokyo Motor Show

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Toyota Fine Comfort.
Toyota Fine Comfort.

Not content with displaying its range of electric cars, Toyota has developed the Mirai concept a little further using Hydrogen power.

In a typically Japanese way, Toyota has called the saloon a Fine-Comfort Ride concept. (Remember Honda called its SUV a “Comfortable Recreation Vehicle” which fortunately just became the CRV.)

Following the announcement of the Concept-i family of autonomous electric vehicles earlier this week, the Fine Comfort focus is more on Toyota’s expertise in fuel-cell technology.

Fine-Comfort Ride concept is claimed to be capable of up to 1000 kilometers one tank of hydrogen.

Measuring 4830 mm long, 1950 mm wide and 1650 mm tall with a 3450 mm wheelbase, the six-seat Fine-Comfort Ride has been designed for maximum passenger comfort while achieving zero emissions.

The vehicle features in-wheel electric motors, with each rim positioned at the very edge of the body, combined with an underbody cover to achieve “high running stability” and quietness normally associated with a premium sedan or limousine.

Touch screen technology is everywhere. Inside, an array of displays are accessible to the driver and passengers, including a massive widescreen setup in front of the driver, complemented by a smaller display in the futuristic steering wheel. The side windows double up as touchscreen displays, too.

Lohner-Porsche.
Lohner-Porsche.

The front four seats can be arranged in a traditional passenger layout or turned into a meeting space.

No details of the powertrain have been given yet, but you can expect it to be an evolution of the system used in the Mirai with Hydrogen tanks and in-wheel motors. It is of interest that in-wheel motors is not a new concept, with the Lohner-Porsche, designed and built by Dr Ferdinand Porsche using that method in 1902.