Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) U.S.A., Inc., today unveiled the FINE-S hydrogen fuel-cell hybrid-electric concept vehicle at a press conference at the 2003 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).
Developed by Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), the FINE-S concept is an example of Toyota's ongoing commitment to expand technology for environmentally friendly cars and trucks. The futuristic high-performance look of the FINE-S reveals the potential styling versatility for fuel-cell vehicles. The adaptability of the Toyota fuel cell system components make it possible to install the technology in a wide variety of vehicle types, shapes and sizes, based on a shared platform.
The FINE-S is representative of the future of fuel-cell vehicles as being high in styling and high in performance. With the ability to modularly install fuel-cell components throughout the vehicle, future fuel-cell vehicles will be capable of having individual electric power applied to all four wheels.
The FINE-S features a long wheelbase with very short front- and rear overhangs and a sleek low-to-the-ground aerodynamic design. The low center-of-gravity coupled with an individual wheel torque control system will provide excellent performance handling. Inside, the FINE-S features a spacious cabin with a creative four-seat design that provides ample roominess and comfort.
The unveiling of the FINE-S comes on the heels of the delivery of the first Toyota market-ready zero-emission-certified hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles in Japan and the U.S. On December 2, "Toyota FCHV" fuel-cell vehicles were leased to the Japanese government in Tokyo and to the University of California Irvine (UCI) and the University of California, Davis (UCD) in the U.S. The two vehicles delivered in the U.S. are the first of a total of six "Toyota FCHV" fuel-cell vehicles that will be leased to the two UC campuses.
The "Toyota FCHV" is based on the popular Highlander five-passenger sport utility vehicle (SUV). Its fuel-cell stack is solely developed and built by Toyota.