No automaker is pushing hydrogen cars harder than Toyota – and the company’s luxury offshoot just unveiled the fuel cell vehicle of the future. The Lexus LF-FC concept features opalescent curves, an all-wheel drive fuel cell power system, and a holographic interface that lets you control the car with a wave of your hand.
The LF-FC is a flagship sedan defined by svelte curves and a flowing coup-like roofline. The hydrogen car’s front fascia is dominated by Lexus’ trademark hourglass grill, sharply set LED headlamps, and swooshing L-shaped daytime running lights. The car’s tail lights echo this motif, and 21-inch aluminum wheels stand out with carbon fiber reinforced plastic rims.
Lexus carefully distributed the sedan’s fuel cell stack, hydrogen tanks, and power control unit to optimize performance, handling, and road stability. The LF-FC’s hydrogen fuel cell power plant sends power to the rear wheels and two in-wheel motors located at the front. Fittingly, the futuristic vehicle packs an array of autonomous driving technologies including “traffic recognition, prediction, and judgement.”
The LF-FC is Lexus’ first hydrogen concept car, and although it’ll probably never be produced, it defines the direction for the company’s future fuel cell endeavors. Lexus announced plans to launch a luxury hydrogen vehicle by the year 2020 at this year’s Detroit Auto Show.
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