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Lexus Shows Fuel Cell Concept in Tokyo

October 30, 2015

Photo courtesy of Lexus.
Photo courtesy of Lexus.

Lexus showed its LF-FC flagship concept sedan at the Tokyo Motor Show that's equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell system that points to the future design and technology direction for the luxury brand, according to the luxury automaker.

The LF-FC uses a high-output fuel cell system driving the rear wheels that also sends power to two in-wheel motors in the front, making the LF-FC an all-wheel-drive vehicle. This drivetrain allows more precise torque distribution control between the front and rear wheels, giving the full-size sedan exceptional dynamic handling and superior road stability, according to Lexus.

The placement of the fuel-cell stack at the rear of the vehicle, power control unit at the front, and T-formation configured hydrogen fuel tanks result in front and rear weight distribution optimal for a sedan.

The LF-FC features a new styling theme, which includes an evolved version of Lexus’ signature grille, floating “L-shaped” daytime running headlights and taillights, and 21-inch aluminum wheels with carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) rims.

The LF-FC is an advanced human machine interface that 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.

Using automated driving technologies, with elevated traffic environment recognition, prediction, and judgment function, the LF-FC aims to provide a safe and efficient driving experience for its occupants.

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