The fuel cell vehicle concept is entirely dead and buried just yet, and the Toyota FCV-R has been unveiled at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show that is happening in Japan even as we speak. Bear in mind that a hydrogen infrastructure is still far away from reality now as it was half a decade ago, but perhaps in the next five years, we might see a notable breakthrough? Toyota’s engineers actually sneaked in the fuel cell unit right underneath the passenger cell in order to maintain passenger and cargo capacity. Apart from that, the FCV-R concept will also feature enough space to seat four adults as well as their gear, sporting a range of around 435 miles thereabouts.
Do you think hydrogen fuel cell technology will be able to take off in the long run? Perhaps, but there is still plenty of work to be done, and Toyota has clearly placed top priority on the Prius range to become its best selling model in the near future. A fuel-cell version might be pencilled into those future plans, but only the top suits over at Toyota would know.