CARS THAT HELP TO POWER HOMES
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.
The FCV Plus concept car shows where Toyota sees transport going, becoming part transport, part electric generators