Lexus ROV Concept – hydrogen off-road buggy

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Toyota and Lexus can’t really get away from hydrogen and fuel cells. Lexus proves this with the ROV (Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle) Concept, a hydrogen off-road buggy that promises a lot of fun off the road. The hydrogen buggy cuts a fine figure in all environments. One believes immediately. Even if it’s just a concept at the moment.

The hydrogen-powered off-road buggy relies on an open suspension, a protective cage and robust off-road tires for muddy tracks. The vehicle thus has all the characteristics of an off-road vehicle. It has compact dimensions of 3.120×1.725×1.800 millimeters (length x width x height). With the ROV Concept, Lexus wants to focus on the driver and protect him with the well thought-out body. The brand manages to integrate well-known elements such as the characteristic radiator grille into the vehicle while still offering sufficient spring travel for the front wheel suspension. The front fenders have been designed to protect against flying rocks and mud.

“The ROV Concept is our answer to the growing passion for nature and the adventurous spirit of our customers. The concept vehicle combines our desire to develop lifestyle-oriented products and at the same time to use our innovative technologies to go one step further towards CO2 neutrality. Not only is it exciting to drive, but thanks to its hydrogen engine, it also allows for near-zero emissions operation.– Spiros Fotinos, head of Lexus Europe

The wheel suspension cover is connected to the hydrogen tank in the rear. This protects the individual components and visually conveys the feeling of indestructibility. The current Lexus design language is not only reflected in the grille, but also in the front and tail lights with Lexus L-motif and the brand emblem on the stern. The simple display in the interior shows all the essential information without distracting the driver.

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Lexus was important to bring the usual, high quality of work on the street with the off-road buggy. The particularly high-quality details include a leather steering wheel and an ergonomically shaped shift knob as well as seats with faux leather cover and spring elements that balance unevenness. Hydrogen actuator in turn ensure that the Lexus Off-Reader meets all requirements in terms of noise, longevity and reliability.

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Above all, the brand with the concept show that it is possible to connect CO2 neutrality with driving pleasure. A 1.0-liter hydrogen engine is installed, which works like a conventional direct-injection internal combustion engine, but is coupled to a high-pressure compressed hydrogen tank. As a result, it works with almost no emissions and only consumes a small amount of engine oil while driving. In addition, it convinces with an impressive sound and a powerful power development, which is made possible by the high combustion rate of hydrogen.

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3 thoughts on “Lexus ROV Concept – hydrogen off-road buggy”

  1. A noisy H2 burner that produces nitrogen oxides and is even less efficient than with a fuel cell.

    Toyota is a major automaker that either hasn’t seen the signs of the times, or is in Japan or the United States. Asia must politically bow deeply to the natural gas / hydrogen import lobby.

  2. From the article:

    “… it was important to bring the usual, high processing quality to the road with the electric off-road buggy.”

    I don’t quite get it..
    Since when is an H2 combustion engine a electric-off-road buggy? I don’t see a fuel cell – as mentioned by the author in the introduction to the article – in the ROV!


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