The next concept car of Toyota, which the company is debuting at the Tokyo Motor Show next week, is not yet another electric vehicle. The ‘Fine-Comfort Ride’ is powered by hydrogen fuel cells with an expected range of 1,000 km (620 miles) per charge, and can be refuelled in around three minutes. While it seems like a futuristic minivan, the vehicle is equipped for internal comfort and entertainment while releasing no carbon dioxide or similar pollutants.
In a press release, the carmaker described the Fine-Comfort Ride as a ‘premium saloon,’ which really matches the lounge-look of the ride’s interior. The seating can be adjusted, allowing owners to move it around and make it a group space for meetings. A virtual “Agent” converts the passenger’s and driver’s windows into screens.
Hyundai might have turned to drop fuel cells for the more in-vogue EV. However, numerous other automakers are still developing the former. Mercedes-Benz currently has a hybrid of both technologies that are aimed for consumer release in 2019, while Chevy is developing a fuel cell vehicle for the transport fleet of the US Army. The own fuel cell big rigs of Toyota have finished the testing phase and are set to cruise up and down the port highways of Los Angeles next week. EVs might have a lead on saturating the mainstream. However, fuel cell vehicles are still in the race.