Toyota has revealed the Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) concept ahead of a programmed Tokyo Motor Show debut later this month.

Toyota has revealed the Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) concept ahead of a programmed Tokyo Motor Show debut later this month.

The concept serves as a preview for the long-awaited production fuel-cell vehicle Toyota plans on launching "around 2015." The FCV seen here is far from being a looker but it wasn't created to win automotive design awards as the car's main purpose is to lead the way of hydrogen-powered vehicles. Toyota says it takes only three minutes to refuel the car and will do at least 500 km (310 miles) before the fuel is depleted.

The concept has two 70 MPa high-pressure fuel stacks located beneath the body and provides a power output density of 3 kW/L and an output of at least 100 kW. The FCV concept is 4870mm long, 1810mm wide and 1535mm tall, with a 2780mm wheelbase which offers enough cabin space for four people.

According to Toyota, when the car's fuel stacks are full they can deliver sufficient electricity to power an average Japanese home (10 kWh) for more than seven days.

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