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Spied! Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan Caught Naked in Los Angeles

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/17/2014 Alex Nishimoto
Spied! Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan Caught Naked in Los Angeles

Toyota's hydrogen sedan is set to arrive in 2015, but we're already seeing the fuel cell-powered cars around Los Angeles. Our own associate editor Rory Jurnecka snapped these shots of a barely camouflaged FCV prototype on the freeway. While we've seen Toyota hydrogen mules around town before, we've never seen one this naked.

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The wacky taillights give this car away as the upcoming Toyota fuel cell sedan, which was fully revealed earlier this year. Triangular taillamps are placed low in the rear fascia, and are pushed all the way out to the car's corners. Above those lamps is a thin bar of lights or reflectors, which spans the width of the car. We were only able to see the rear of the car, but that was enough to confirm that Toyota is testing uncamouflaged hydrogen sedans near its headquarters in Torrance, Calif.

Toyota FCV spy shots© Provided by MotorTrend Toyota FCV spy shots The FCV will be a follow-up to the automaker's Highlander FCHV-adv crossover, which was available on a limited basis in the U.S. and Japan. Toyota says it's made significant improvements to the fuel cell system since that vehicle first debuted in 2002, claiming that the FCV sedan offers performance similar to a gas engine vehicle. Cruising range is estimated at 435 miles based on Japan's JC08 test cycle, and refueling time is said to be roughly three minutes.

The Toyota FCV sedan is slated for April 2015 in Japan, with U.S. and European deliveries to follow that summer. Stay tuned for more on the upcoming hydrogen-powered Toyota.

Toyota FCV spy shots© Provided by MotorTrend Toyota FCV spy shots
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