Future is not battery-electric, but Hydrogen fuel-cell at Toyota Motor. And this applies not just to Toyota, but Lexus too. The mainstream brand moved to the future with its so-claimed “world’s first mass-produced fuel cell electric vehicle” Toyota Mirai last year, but the luxury brand is still a few years from doing the same.
At the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, the Lexus LF-FC concept previewed the Japanese luxury brand’s vision of a high-end fuel cell saloon. The concept will be followed by a production fuel cell vehicle some day, probably later this decade. Speaking to CarAdvice, Mark Templin, Executive Vice President at Lexus International, revealed that the brand is 100% certain about moving to hydrogen. He isn’t sure about the launch timeline, but confident there is a future for it.
“I can’t tell you when that will happen; I’ll just tell you that it’s not a matter of if, it’s when. We just don’t know yet,” Mr. Templin said.
Hydrogen fuel cell vehicle infrastructure is currently at a nascent stage. The infrastructure is mainly available only in Japan, Germany, the UK, South Korea, California/East Coast in the USA and Germany.
According to a recent report, the first Lexus FCV may be introduced around 2020 and will likely be a variant of the Lexus LS. The fuel cell stack used in the FCV will be the second generation of the current one which powers the Toyota Mirai.