Just days after a report speculated the possibility of a Lexus LS fuel cell variant arriving around 2020, a report published by Motoring.com.au, states citing undisclosed sources that the Lexus LS FCV will feature all-wheel drive.
As per the previous report, the first Lexus fuel cell vehicle would arrive around 2020, just in time for the Tokyo Olympics. The luxury fuel cell vehicle would probably be the first of its kind. Based probably on the standard fifth generation Lexus LS, the fuel cell variant will use the second generation fuel cell stack which will be a further development to the current one featured in the Toyota Mirai. To keep manufacturability and costs reasonable, the Lexus FCV will share core components with Toyota.
The first fuel cell vehicle from the Japanese luxury brand is expected to be demanded only by the affluent consumers who have a concern for saving the environment. Considering the fact that the Toyota Mirai is priced at ¥7,236,000 (USA – US$58,335), and that even a conventional hybrid Lexus LS starts at ¥10,811,000 (USA – US$128,935) the LS FCV is expected to be only for those with very deep pockets.