CARS THAT HELP TO POWER HOMES

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TOY­OTA’s FCV Plus is de­signed to dou­ble as a clean en­ergy source and to op­er­ate as part of the “elec­tric power-gen­er­at­ing in­fra­struc­ture”, help­ing to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment and pro­vide a mea­sure of en­ergy se­cu­rity in the process.

Un­veiled at the re­cent Paris Mo­tor Show, Toy­ota said the FCV Plus is a car and a mo­bile power source, able to be used as a “sta­ble source of elec­tric power” for the home, to feed back into the grid or to charge other cars.

Apart from gen­er­at­ing elec­tric­ity us­ing its stored hy­dro­gen, the FCV Plus can use hy­dro­gen from an ex­ter­nal source to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity for a pur­pose other than driv­ing, and with­out the danger of run­ning the fuel tank dry. It’s also pos­si­ble to re­move the fuel cell stack, which is po­si­tioned be­tween the front wheels, and use it in­de­pen­dently of the car as a por­ta­ble gen­er­a­tor. Un­like other car builders, the world’s big­gest car seller does not see a fu­ture in elec­tric cars and has com­mit­ted it­self to fuel cell ve­hi­cles. It plans to build 30 000 fuel cell ve­hi­cles next year, but said the FCV Plus is still a decade or more in the fu­ture.

PHOTO: TOY­OTA

The FCV Plus con­cept car shows where Toy­ota sees trans­port go­ing, be­com­ing part trans­port, part elec­tric gen­er­a­tors

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