Toyota FCV-R Concept had its world premiere at the Tokyo Auto Show 2011. This family sized vehicle is fueled by hydrogen and represents Toyota’s intention of commercial launch of a fuel cell vehicle by 2015.
2011 TOYOTA FCV R CONCEPT
With the fuel-cell unit located beneath the specially designed bodyshell, the vehicle can accommodate up to four passengers and boasts impressive luggage space. The fuel cell stack, with a 70 MPa high-pressure hydrogen tank, has been improved to provide a cruising distance of approximately 430 miles.
Engineers snugged the fuel cell unit beneath the passenger cell to preserve passenger and cargo capacity. The FCV-R Concept boasts space for four and their gear, and Toyota claims that the vehicle has a range of around 435 miles. That works for us. Currently, the FCV-R is only a concept, though it’s interesting to see Toyota playing with hydrogen fuel cell technology once again.
Designed to preview what a “practical” fuel-cell vehicle could look like, the FCV-R resembles a futuristic Prius with aerodynamic bumpers, a curved roofline and LED headlights.Inside, the cabin has a digital instrument cluster, a massive infotainment system and a tablet-like center stack. There’s also leather, Alcantara upholstery, metallic trim and four individual seats.
2013 VOLVO V60 PLUG-IN HYBRID
The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid and is Volvo’s most technically advanced model ever – an electric car, hybrid car and muscle-car all rolled into one. At the touch of a button, the driver can choose which of the three cars they want to drive at any given moment.
The production version of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid will be launched in just one colour, Electric Silver. The car is also distinguished by aero-designed 17-inch wheels, integrated exhaust tailpipes and a number of bodywork features in glossy black, such as the grille and the aerodynamic front spoiler. The chromed “Plug-in Hybrid” emblem is found both on the lower part of the tailgate and in a smaller version on the front wings.
The interior of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid has black leather upholstery with contrasting stitching and inlays of blue-grey wood. Other distinctive interior details include a leather-covered steering wheel, specially designed floor mats and a gear lever knob with integrated indicator. The list of standard equipment includes features such as speed-dependent power steering, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, parking sensors front and rear, Bluetooth phone link and Volvo on Call. Standard specification includes the High Performance Multimedia DVD audio system with its 4x40W amplifier, eight loudspeakers and seven-inch screen.