Toyota might be best known for its work in hybrid technology, but another thing it’s pretty well known for is creating inspired if not slightly outlandish concept cars. One thing they’ve been doing lately is building concept cars that would work in a future society that they’ve envisioned. For instance, they recently designed a new concept car that represents their vision of mobility in a society that utilizes advanced hydrogen, renewable energy and limits carbon use. The concept? A fuel cell vehicle that they’ve dubbed Fine-Comfort Ride.
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The Fine-Comfort Ride was designed as a “a new form of the premium saloon,” and it displays the possibilities of electric-powered, fuel-cell vehicles. With a versatile cabin layout, an abundance of available hydrogen-sourced electricity, zero emissions, an impressive range and a 3-minute refuel time, the Fine-Comfort Ride seems too good to be true.
Much like the recently-released 2018 Toyota C-HR, the Fine-Comfort Ride adopts a diamond-shaped cabin. The rear is narrower than the center and the front of the vehicle, allowing for maximum second-row space as well as enhancing the vehicle’s aerodynamics.
The vehicle’s design also employs several other cues that are exclusive to electric-powered vehicles like this. An in-wheel motor, corner-positioned wheels, body underside cover all lead to the vehicle’s improved stability and quietness.
With the Fine-Comfort Ride, Toyota wanted to design a future-mobility vehicle that was much more than simply a “ride.” The FC-R (which is something we’re dubbing it, not that it has officially been dubbed) adopts a concept called “wearing comfort (being wrapped in comfort),” which means the cabin will offer much more to the passengers and just a place to get from one point to the next.
Finally, the FC-R employs something called the Agent function. This function and the display audio touchscreens are arranged around the driver and passenger seats. The cabin enables versatility through adjusting seats while keeping the displays front and center, allowing everyone quick-and-easy access to information.
As and if more information becomes available regarding the Fine-Comfort Ride concept, we’ll be sure to fill you in right here on the Go Toyota on the Trail blog.