Toyota Fine-Comfort Ride - FCV with 1000 km range

Annette Crawford
October 19, 2017

Toyota bills the Fine-Comfort Ride as a "premium saloon", and a with a peek at the interior you can see what it's getting at. Toyota's luxury arm, Lexus, has also committed to bringing a hydrogen-powered model to the market, introducing a concept sedan in 2015.

The hydrogen fuel cell delivers enough capacity to run for 600 miles between refuelling, and as a hydrogen electric auto it also means filling up takes no more than a few minutes. Instead of relying on conventional batteries to power the electric motor, the hydrogen fuel cell system attains electrical power by fusing hydrogen and oxygen to produce the required voltage.

The Fine-Comfort Ride vehicle is a six-seater, and as the name suggests it looks pretty luxurious inside. It features a diamond-shaped cabin that narrows towards the rear with its wheel are pushed to the corners of the ride. The bottom of the vehicle has a cover to make the cabin quieter.

An electric motor driving each wheel sees the wheels pushed out to the corners of the vehicle, and it's a diamond shape, with the auto widening to the middle before narrowing towards the back, creating the maximum space possible in row two.

Inside, the rear door slides open like a minivan and there's a touch display for the driver and passenger.

The origami-style exterior aside, this fuel-cell concept promises a range of 1,000 kilometers or 621 miles on a full load of fuel, along with zero Carbon dioxide emissions - and really no other emissions.

It is a six-seater vehicle, measuring 4,830mm long, 1,950mm wide and 1,650mm high, with a 3,450mm wheelbase.

The name is actually a mix between the words "sky", "ocean", "river", and "air" as a nod to the earth's water cycle that references the concept's Mirai-derived fuel cell setup that only has water to offer. It is also equipped with a high-capacity external power supply system, with maximum output of 9lW and electricity supply of 235kWh. There are four individual seats inside that can swivel in any direction. This allows the Sora to serve as an emergency power source, for example to help provide relief and support in natural disasters.

Automatic arrival control improves passenger access by detecting the guidance line on the road surface and automatically steering and braking to stop the bus within 30 - 60mm of the kerb, and within 100mm in front of or after the signpost.

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