Toyota's Fine-T Fuel Cell Hybrid Concept: Coming to NYC


Toyota will bring their Fine-T fuel cell hybrid concept to the New York Auto Show next week. Originally unveiled in Japan as the Fine-X, it's powered by a new downsized, high-performance Toyota fuel-cell stack, and the hybrid components are mounted beneath the vehicle floor, making for more cabin space and a low center of gravity. As with the Fine-X, Toyota used plant-based, carbon-neutral materials for a range of interior elements, like door trim, suede-like ceiling material, seat nets and floor mats. Deriving "plastic" and other materials by processing polylactic acid (PLA) from sugar cane, Kenaf and other plant fiber is an idea that Toyota has been after for awhile, though this concept has some pretty interesting innovations: four-wheel large-angle steering system and independent four-wheel drive incorporating in-wheel motors for ease in parallel parking is just one of them. To see the rest, check out the New York Auto Show, April 14th through April 23. ::New York Auto Show via ::Green Car Congress