Toyota Premieres FINE-S Fuel-Cell Concept

January 06, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

Toyota Motor Corp. (Japan) unveiled the FINE-S hydrogen fuel cell hybrid-electric concept vehicle at a press conference at the 2003 North American International Auto Show. The FINE-S concept vehicle 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 four-seat design that provides roominess and comfort.