The new generation Lexus flagship sedan can get hydrogen power plant with fuel cells, similar to the one that was developed for the first serial vodorodomobilya Toyota – Model Mirai. It is expected that this modification will be presented in 2017 and will be the most expensive “Lexus” in history.
Toyota has recently unveiled its first production car with fuel cells – a model of Mirai and promised that by 2020, will annually produce up to 50 000 of these machines. Australian edition Motoring found out that the next move of the Japanese to expand the model line vodorodomobiley will release modification Lexus LS FCEV.
Japanese engineers have to exert a lot of effort to establish a promising power plant in the sedan, which was originally developed under the classical internal combustion engine, as well as hybrids have become commonplace. In addition, the hydrogen system requires intensive cooling, so the huge air intakes Mirai can be transplanted to the “Lexus” in a modified form.
Insiders at the company’s claim that the mass trends premium exceed two tons, but nevertheless, there will be less a few hundred pounds than the current hybrid LS. It is assumed that the fuel tanks with hydrogen accommodate under the rear seat row and partially under the rear shelf. Approximate capacity of the fuel cell, which will be located under the front seats will be about 150 kW.
Australians claim that the new Lexus LS FCEV can pass on one “refueling” 384 kilometers, which is almost one hundred less than the Mirai, and the cost of the vehicle exceeds the current 120,000 dollars for LS 600h L (in the US).