Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus is a step into the future with their new concept car – LF-FC – a fuel cell prototype that also acts as a timely preview of the upcoming new generation of the LS, the marquee’s flagship sedan.
The Japanese automaker is also signaling it has the highest ambitions possible for its fuel cell technology which should expand from the limited availability Mirai sedan to all of its top-end models. The LF-FC prototype is debuting Wednesday on the floor of the Tokyo Motor Show and comes with dimensions worthy of a flagship sedan (5, 3 meters long) as well as a full array of gadgets and features for the XXI century – including a holographic interface for audio and temperature controls that is enabled by mere gestures performed over the center console. “The LF-FC expresses our progressive luxury and high-tech vision of a not-so-distant future,” comments Tokuo Fukuichi, president of Lexus International. There are no words on technical details or future availability as of yet.
Meanwhile the Japanese automaker recently made the headlines with its pledge to almost completely axe internal combustion engines from its product portfolio by plunging emission by 90 percent by 2050. And in just five years the company has set an even more ambitious goal – deliver each year 30,000 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles around the world. The threshold will not be achievable unless the company lifts the production of the Mirai and also adds more models using the clean fuel cell technology.