Just last week Toyota celebrated the arrival of its new Mirai fuel cell sedan, and now Toyota’s luxury brand, Lexus, is previewing its own fuel cell vehicle. The automaker unveiled the LF-FC concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, which is not only a preview of the next-generation LS flagship sedan, but also a sneak peak at how Lexus intends to use the latest hydrogen fuel cell technology.
Under the LF-FC’s sleek exterior lies a high output hydrogen fuel cell system that powers the rear axle. The fuel cell system also sends power to two in-wheel electric motors at the front, which effectively gives the LF-LC concept all-wheel drive. According to Lexus, the innovative drive system allows precise torque distribution control between the front and rear wheels, giving the full-size sedan exceptional dynamic handling and superior road stability. The LF-FC’s fuel-cell stack is placed at the rear of the vehicle, while the power control unit has been placed at the front and T-formation configured hydrogen fuel tanks result in balanced weight distribution.
In addition to previewing new powertrain technology, the LF-FC also packs new technology inside. A new advanced human machine interface can be operated by simple hand gestures, without the need to touch a panel or controls. A small holographic image on the center console indicates where the system can interpret your hand gestures to control the audio system and ventilation.
“Lexus wants to surprise and evoke emotion with its distinctive design and forward-thinking technology,”said Tokuo Fukuichi, Lexus International President. “For us, it is more than just a car, and we should exceed conventional imagination. The LF-FC expresses our progressive luxury and high-tech vision of a not so distant future.”
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