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Lexus LS Fuel Cell Rumors

Lexus will introduce a fuel cell version of the LS flagship, according to a new Motoring Australia article from Peter Lyon:

According to one source, the LS’s nose section will be redesigned with larger air intakes to ventilate the hydrogen powered electric system. The car will incorporate a fuel-cell unit under the front seat, a hydrogen tank under the rear seat and another tank under the rear parcel shelf.

Tipping the scales at around 2100kg (at least 200kg less than the existing LS hybrids), the LS FCEV will incorporate a power unit combining a 150kW fuel-cell stack and a powerful 220kW electric motor to deliver a potential emissions-free driving range of 384km.

Much of this information mirrors the article from Japanese magazine Best Car released earlier in the month, so it’s likely both are working from the same source.

If true, this move would show great ambition from Lexus, although much of the initial risk will be assumed by the Toyota Mirai.

There’s also another interesting tidbit in the Motoring Australia article:

Toyota has confirmed the Mirai will be followed by other fuel-cell powered models over the next decade, including a large SUV with a fuel consumption target of around 3.6L/100km.

The mind boggles at a fuel cell LX delivering that kind of fuel efficiency. Amazing technology, with so much potential.

[Source: Motoring Australia]

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    Levi
  • December 22, 2014
Not impossible, as BMW has postponed it FCV concept, either the 7 Series or i5/i7.
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    Levi
  • December 22, 2014
Still would prefer LS with V8.
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      Hed
    • December 22, 2014
    When 'peak oil' arrives, any gasoline or diesel-Powered car will be useless. Toyota is very aware of this, but apparently you're not.
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      Levi
    • December 22, 2014
    I know, but for the time being, while it is possible, I'd prefer V8, because we know there won't be any in future.
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      Skyline33
    • December 22, 2014
    Thats not for a long time, till then i will be driving my Twin turbo 600HP GTR with joy :D And will leave the boring soul dulling appliance cars for those that don't enjoy driving!
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      PG
    • December 23, 2014
    Actually, peak oil is very far away, if it ever happens at all. Have you noticed gas prices recently? Even without the fracking revolution, fossil fuels are abundant. And once we do run out of fossil fuels, we have very promising ways of synthetically produce them, such as from captured CO2 and nuclear hydrogen. The same nuclear hydrogen production is also a key technology for fuel cell vehicles. It could solve the current issues of hydrogen (production cost and net negative energy balance, meaning that it takes more energy to produce hydrogen than it can "release" when powering the car).
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    DDas
  • December 22, 2014
I'm fine with everything as long as it's just a version of the LS. I like the conventional LS. Also it better not look like the Mirai; that's one mess of a design.
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      Ibrahim Alshamsi
    • December 22, 2014
    Juke Toyota's version XD
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    Adriann06
  • December 22, 2014
Hope the two have a little different design scheme. As long as they don't make it look like the mirai and choose to make it elegant then it will be a hit.
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    MT
  • December 23, 2014
As long as they don't make it hydrogen only i am okay with it.
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    Hed
  • December 25, 2014
Lexus should consider having fender skirts on the LS(and all their cars for that matter), like on Touring's Superleggera Disco Volante: http://www.autoevolution.com/news/production-alfa-romeo-8c-based-disco-volante-shows-up-in-geneva-photo-gallery-55935.html#agal_7 or on the rear Wheels like on the Citroen SM etc: http://www.morgansheffphotography.com/data/photos/334_1citroen_sm_side_fog_scaler.jpg Looks cool and helps With low drag.

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