Toyota Unveils Hydrogen Fuel Cell People Mover Concept
Toyota has unveiled a hydrogen people mover concept for the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show imaginatively named the Fine Comfort Ride.
The concept car is powered by Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell system, which provides a maximum range of around 620 miles (1,000 km) and takes about 3 minutes to refuel. The Japanese automaker says the design study” envisions mobility in a low-carbon society with advanced utilization of hydrogen and renewable energy.” It’s essentially the people mover of the future – so long as the future involves fuel cell vehicles, of course.
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The Fine Comfort Ride is shaped like a diamond, appearing wide in the middle and tapering toward the center at each end. Toyota says this helps to maximize space in the second row and helps with aerodynamic efficiency. The compact nature of the electric motors, mounted within each wheel, also helps to maximize interior space. A flat underbody cover aids in vehicle stability and also reduces wind noise.
Cabin occupants will be greeted by purple upholstery and futuristic blue LED lighting. The seating layout can be reconfigured to suit the user’s needs, or removed to maximize cargo volume. The windows also double as display screens, allowing users to browse the internet and access other information as the vehicle travels along.
The Toyota Fine Comfort Ride concept will be shown in full at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show later this month. AutoGuide will be reporting live from the show, so stay tuned for more coverage on this zany new hydrogen van.
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Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.
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