Lexus Plans Fuel-Cell Powered LS Luxury Saloon for 2017

Since 1997, when it launched the world’s first production hybrid car, the Prius, Toyota has been all about improving its green technology as well as making it available in other models across its range.

Now the Japanese giant is moving into what everyone agrees is the next step towards emissions-free vehicles: the fuel-cell technology. At last month’s Los Angeles Auto Show, it unveiled the Mirai, the first production hydrogen-powered car that emits nothing but water.

Following Prius’ paradigm, Toyota wants to introduce fuel-cell versions of its other models and one of the prime candidates, according to Motoring, is the Lexus range-topping LS limousine.

Like the Mirai, the LS FCEV will use the Toyota Fuel Cell System (TFCS), which will be configured to work within the luxury saloon’s more conventional layout. Its power unit will consist of a 150kW fuel-cell stack and a 220kW electric motor and its range will be around 240 miles (380 km).

One source said that the “green” LS will feature a fuel-cell unit under the front seat, a hydrogen tank under the rear seat and another tank under the rear parcel shelf. Additionally, the front section of the LS will be redesigned with bigger air intakes for improved cooling.

The Lexus LS FCEV will go on sale in 2017 and will sit above the hybrid LS 600hL. Toyota also has plans for other fuel-cell models, including a full-size SUV, in the next decade.

Photo Gallery

Facelifted 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage And Attrage Arrive With New Looks, But They’re Still No Lookers

The new Mitsubishi Mirage and Attrage also feature interior alterations.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Is A Modern Day Pony Car, For Better Or Worse

After years of hype, Ford has introduced an electric Mustang – in crossover form.

Watch Ford Mustang Mach- E Livestream Presentation At 8:50PM EST (5:50PM PST)

Join us as we live stream the unveiling of Ford’s new Mustang Mach-e electric SUV from Los Angeles.

Holographic Chrome Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Is As Bright As Times Square

This chrome-wrapped Aventador SVJ resides in New York where it will surely draw lots of attention.

African King Takes Delivery Of 19 Rolls-Royces, Reportedly Buys 120 BMWs As Well

Swaziland King Mswati III already had an impressive car collection before expanding it even more with this not-so-small fleet.

2019 LA Auto Show Preview: A-To-Z Guide To All The Debuts (Updated)

The most comprehensive list of all the world and North American premieres at the 2019 LA Auto Show.

Revised 2020 Alfa Giulia And Stelvio Debut In China With Improved Interiors (New Photos)

The 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio look unchanged on the outside but feature many interior and tech upgrades.

Charging A Tesla Model 3 By Towing It With A Raptor Brings Out Some Interesting Results

Turns out you can actually save fuel by towing a Tesla Model 3 with a very thirsty truck!.

2018 Mazda6 Long-Term Test Concludes With Mostly Positive Feedback

Apart from a couple of visits to the service center, KBB had mostly good things to say about the Mazda6 .

These Are The Best-Braking Cars Ever Tested By Car and Driver

Unsurprisingly, they are all sports cars and supercars, but the rankings are not quite as one might have expected…