Last week at CES in Las Vegas, Toyota revealed the FCV concept car for the fuel cell vehicle they will be making available next year. I had a chance to see the concept this week at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, and from what my friends at Toyota are telling me, the concept we are looking at will be “really, really, really close” to what will go into production.
And that’s really, really, really good news, because this is a truly striking design. One that says there is something very different and very unique about this vehicle.
Also, if you remember, I had a chance to drive a mule of the FCV in Japan—basically the actual FCV powertrain to be used in production, covered by a heavily disguised body—and was told the vehicle would be based on the short lived Lexus HS. Which wasn’t exactly a game changer in terms of design. So, many of us were happy to see the design team knocked all the dull and boring off the car.
Of course the actual production model will need side view mirrors, possibly some modification to the headlamps and door handles, but the overall look and shape will most likely remain. As will the enormous air intake vents in the front, necessary to help cool the fuel cells.
Toyota told me the one comment they’ve heard at both CES and NAIAS was to please make this exact color blue available, and I agree. And I’d also like to add that the “electro-wavelength” design that wraps the rear of the FCV needs to stay as well. If my vehicle is powered by the fuel of the future, I want it to look like a vehicle of the future.