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Toyota’s First H2 Vehicle, FCHV-Adv is all set to launch in 2015

Posted on April 20, 2010 in Toyota


After so much of prolong hype FCHV- adv (Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle advance) from Toyota, may be launched after four years. Even in the recent San Diego’s Toyota Sustainable Mobility Seminar, Toyota introduced its FCHV-adv again to the world. Though first introduced it in 2008, till now this Highlander SUV crossover has gone through lot of improvements.

The start up of the FCHV-adv is as easy and same as revving any gasoline vehicle. Alike the Prius it also has a sign of H2 on its dashboard which lits up indicating the currently used power source by the car. Amazing thing about its engine is that is doesn’t make any noise.

Underhood of the FCHV-adv is very interesting and impressive to look into. The Prius’s silver power control unit is much similar to the FCHV-adv’s PCU. PCU is house of inverter, computer, converter, as well as all other small electronics. Underneath the all jumbled wires and PCU is hiding the hydrogen recirculation system and hydrogen fuel cell. Whereas the second-gen cars hold 5000 psi, this future wonder hydrogen stack can hold 10,000 psi tank. This future powertrain doesn’t use 100 percent of H2, so escaping gas in captured again and stored in the side anode of the fuel cell. Thus, by changing the humidifier, the control software, hydrogen pump, and other facets of the vehicle, Toyota engineers increase its efficiency by 25 percent. As well, the range of the FCHV-adv is increased to 310 miles which makes it more superior than any its older siblings. In 2009, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Savannah River National Laboratory in their report mentioned that FCHV-adv utmost range would be 431 miles, after many tests drives, the Japanese government rated it at 491 miles, which is more than what report stated.

In the truck floor is placed a Panasonic 21 kW NiMH battery pack, which similar battery used in Prius. Where in Prius the battery only gives EV driving capability, in FCHV-adv, it gives extra power to accelerate the fuel cell as well as regenerate brake energy. The Toyota engineers explained that it’s important to have acceleration assist as the vehicle respond late even if pedaled on the acceleration. Though acceleration assistance is set up in the vehicle, the car isn’t quick enough. The vehicle takes long time to run fast, however it reaches to amazing speed without being noticed. Thus, FCHV-adv cruises so smoothly that speed of the vehicle can be reached to 95 mph unnoticeably.

Though the FCHV-adv has lot of technology in it, from outside it looks like normal highlander crossover vehicle with normal driving capabilities, though it weights more than a standard Highlander. The suspension tuning has also changed.

FCHV-adv is the third-gen model of the Toyota Corporation. Sequel of the second-gen, this powertrain baby is designed hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is planned to make an official appearance in 2015. The Toyota’s goal to reduce cost of vehicles by 90 percent and make full eco-friendly car, is not that far away now. This eco-friendly vehicle’s cost is unknown, but their engineers are all set to compete with next-generations models of 2015. The look is very much dull and normal for such big technology, so Toyota is thinking to change its look and make it as gorgeous as Honda FCX Clarity. Toyota’s first model H2 is a huge task to of reducing cost by one tenth in today’s economy. Still there are four years for other big automakers to crack the nut before Toyota launch’s its future car.



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