Experimental Lexus ROV buggy looks to hydrogen power

Lexus is exploring the potential for hydrogen fuel for the future with its ROV off-road buggy concept

Lexus has actually teased a feasible further expansion to its brand name – and also some unique hydrogen gas innovation – with an off-road buggy concept called ROV.

Defined by Lexus’s European boss Spiros Fotinos as a cars and truck made to “unlock a new sort of off-roading adventure for our clients in a true Lexus means”, the ROV Concept is a little two-seat buggy with revealed building and construction as well as beefy off-road tyres. The vehicle is simply 3.1 metres long as well as 1.7 metres vast, as well as its look has little in common with Lexus’s conventional autos, although the headlight style does hint at a link.

The cabin is even much less like a traditional Lexus, with exposed carbon-fibre trim, a simple rev counter and also only a few switches. The interior pictures do reveal a number of technological information not launched by Lexus, nevertheless; the transmission is automatic, as well as there’s a simple rotary activate the centre console that allows the car to be run in two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive or with the differential secured.

The significance of the car is actually its choice of powertrain, given that it makes use of a burning engine (arrangement and outcomes unspecified) sustained by hydrogen. Lexus claims the unit’s main emission is water, just like with a hydrogen fuel cell, but confesses there are “low levels” of CO2 as well as NOX.

The company asserts that the ROV Idea is an “practically zero-emissions automobile”, and Fotinos told Car Express that this remedy would, in theory, allow the cars and truck to attract the growing fad for rural exploration, while keeping legitimate sustainability.

Engineers picked to utilize a burning engine rather than a gas cell on grounds of expense, packaging, weight and technical complexity.

Lexus has no plans to generate the ROV – however the firm does have a history of trying out extensions to its brand and afterwards taking them to the manufacturing degree after favorable client comments. A number of years earlier, the firm created a private yacht as well as subsequently put the vessel right into production as the LY 650.