Lexus Trademarks LS-FC Fuel Cell Concept

3 months ago by Adrian Padeanu 37

Lexus LF-FC Concept

We might have to wait until December to actually see it, though.

A trademark filing in the United States suggests that Lexus’ long-rumored hydrogen-fueled LS is close to a debut. The paperwork from April 24 shows the luxury brand protecting the term “LS-FC Concept” for use on “automobiles and structural parts thereof.”

The rumors of an LS model with a fuel cell date back several years, but Lexus openly signaled the possibility when it showed the LF-FC concept with a hydrogen-fueled powertrain. The model’s design also previewed the latest LS.

Lexus LF-FC

A fuel-cell-powered LS would almost certainly use a variant of the powertrain in the Toyota Mirai. If the drivetrain stays true to the LF-FC concept, then the hydrogen-fueled LS would have all-wheel drive from separate electric motors at each corner. Lexus has been coy about offering any details about the system’s power output and the available driving range.

Filing the trademark in the U.S. hints that the LS-FC Concept would likely debut there. The concentration of wealth and auto enthusiasm during Monterey Car Week could make the summertime event a good opportunity for this model’s debut. If Lexus waits for the next major auto show in the U.S., we probably wouldn’t see the concept until December in Los Angeles.

If the LS Fuel Cell sees production, which seems likely, it would be Lexus’ technological flagship. The premium division of Toyota reportedly wants to have the production model ready in time for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The innovative sedan would be a showcase for what the company can do. In addition to the high-tech powertrain, expect the automaker to include the latest version of its semi-autonomous driving system, too.

Lexus unveiled the fifth-generation LS 500 at the Detroit Auto Show in January. The model’s massive grille and taut lines follows the brand’s move towards more adventurous styling. Power now comes from a new 3.5-liter biturbo V6 with 415 horsepower (309 kilowatts) and 442 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters) of torque, and a 10-speed automatic sends the output to the rear wheels. The setup gets the big sedan to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour) in around 4.5 seconds. Buyers who prefer to go green can get the LS 500h that uses a 3.5-liter V6 and pair of electric motors for a total output of 354 hp (264 kW). The sprint to 60 increases to 5.2 seconds, though.

The brand followed up by bringing the LS 500 F Sport to the New York Auto Show. It features revised mesh for the spindle grille, deeper side skirts, and adds the color Ultra White to the available palette. On the inside, the front seats have more side support, and there’s lots of aluminum trim around the cabin. The only major performance upgrades are larger brakes and an optional Handling Package that includes variable-ratio steering, rear-wheel steering, a more aggressive tune for the air suspension, and Active Stabilizer anti-roll bars.

The LS lineup goes on sale in the U.S. late in 2017.

Source: US Patent and Trademark Office Via: Auto Guide

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37 responses to "Lexus Trademarks LS-FC Fuel Cell Concept"

  1. CLIVE says:


    1. Bill Ramsey says:

      Do you think Musk refers to “fool cells” when dealing with Panasonic?

      1. MikeM says:

        I notice that “Comments are disabled for this video”.

        I picture thousands of potential commenters doing the ROFLMAO dance to the point of catatonia.

        As to Panasonic. I’m sure that where there is a potentially lucrative bandwagon to jump on in the Japanese market they will be right there while Elon is still laughing up his sleeve.

        1. George says:

          People that are dismissive of Fuel Cells generally don’t know as much as they think they do

          1. floydboy says:

            How would YOU know that?

          2. SJC says:

            That seems to be the case they refer to “fool cells” when they are actually the fools.

  2. midimal says:

    LOL Toyota still didnt drop FOOL CELL? Stupid Move! Mr.Toyoda replace your “managers”

    1. La Frennia di mamata says:

      Toyota Decision makers are loosing their minds..

      1. Nick says:

        Yep, they’d better tighten ’em back up!


        1. La Frennia di mamata says:

          L O L. You know what I meant…Yea Do the Tight Nup…

    2. George says:

      Fuel cells are a great technology. Low cost potential is great and they meet all demands of consumers and also work well with clean energy supply systems by providing very flexible demand model for transport.

      1. floydboy says:

        Oooh! I love it when you talk brochure!

      2. Sparinator says:

        Yes, there are only two minor problems.
        – The excessive amount of fossil fuel needed to produce hydrogen.
        – The total lack of infrastructure.

        After that, its only the fact that the cars are incredibly expensive, and maintenance is high.

      3. James P Heartney says:

        I’m smelling paid poster. Vague statements, unsupported assertions, and professionally-smooth-sounding, but misleading, talking points. Like the other FC proponents I keep seeing on these forums, this one will keep repeating the same nonsense over and over, never actually engaging his opponents.

  3. says:

    Beautiful concept, curious to see how will it look as production version.

    1. La Frennia di mamata says:

      Not me I hope I never see that big Goofy Tractor Trailer Grill ever again ..

  4. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    “A fuel-cell-powered LS would almost certainly use a variant of the powertrain in the Toyota Mirai.”

    It’s just a concept car. Surely not even Toyota/Lexus ignores reality enough to believe that it would be worth putting such a car into production, even limited production.

    I mean, what would be market be? A car for those who would prefer the inconvenience, the very limited driving region, the greenwashing pretense, and the massive inefficiency of a Mirai fool cell car, but don’t think the MSRP $57,500 Mirai is nearly expensive enough?


    1. George says:

      Without a doubt you’re not nearly as informed about this topic as you think. Fuel cells are an inevitability – they have incredible low cost potential across the board. Unmatched as a ZEV powertrain that actually meets needs of conventional uses

      1. floydboy says:

        Now just replace “fuel cells” with ‘batteries’ and you’ll actually be right!

      2. Rick Danger says:

        Well doggies, we got a genuwine shill boy here.

        ” they have incredible low cost potential across the board”

        Uh huh – and I have the potential to be the last son of Krypton, except for the fact there is no Krypton, and I was born in ‘Jersey.

  5. Jelloslug says:

    Talk about beating a dead horse….

    1. La Frennia di mamata says:

      Yea, Really…That is insanity !

    2. floydboy says:


  6. Mikael says:

    Going green with a V6 petrol car?

    The writer needs to be fired. Who cleared this crapy article about fossil fuel cars and fossil fuel derived energy carrier cars?

    1. zzzzzzzzzz says:

      Probably not narrow minded fanboys of coal and fracking powered car company and its great Leader, showing all the culties one and only one possible true path.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Has becoming a “fool cell” fanboy caused you to lose track of reality?

        It’s the fool cell cars you love so much that are powered by “frackogen”… hydrogen made from natural gas extracted by fracking.

        Your B.S. in calling EVs “coal powered” just underlines how there are no honest arguments for the “hydrogen economy”.

        1. George says:

          There’s really not much of a debate. Fuel cells are going to be an incredibly common technology. It’s happening.

          1. floydboy says:

            Why? Why would you add the expense and complexity of a fuel cell to a battery, when you could just use the battery more efficiently? Not to mention, the additional cost and even more complexity to obtain and store the fuel.

      2. floydboy says:

        Mmmm, culties! Delicious! Listen, I understand these manufacturers pursuing hydrogen, especially with the Japanese government rolling out the big dough. But, anytime it starts to interfere with, or delay the uptake of better, more efficient, more cost effective BEVs, by siphoning away taxpayer dollars, I, as well as others here, are going to speak up.

  7. RM says:

    Fuel Cells are the Turtle that will beat the Electric Bunny in this race. Electrics advocates will eventually see their environmental damage versus fuel cells.

    1. La Frennia di mamata says:

      That was because turtle was waccing a Siwwy Wabbit…lol

    2. Ambulator says:

      It’s the environmental damage that fuel cells will cause that is a large part of the reason I am against them.

      1. George says:

        Fuel cells require far less resource to manufacture than an equivalent battery bank. Less material and less energy.

        Hydrogen as a fuel source can be derived from such a wide variety of materials and has the potential to be the most green fuel source by far- actually hydrogen is more accommodating to clean energy use because hydrogen, unlike electricity, is a stored form of energy.

        1. floydboy says:

          So, are you advocating pulling the batteries from the Toyota Mirai and Honda Clarity fuel cell vehicles? Oh, by the way, are you also suggesting that the electricity used in obtaining hydrogen, storing it, cleaning it up and compressing it for vehicle use, is cleaner or more efficient than gathering, storing and using the electricity directly?

          Because you now get into the nonsensical situation of declaring your wind power cleaner than mine or your multiple steps to obtain your fuel more efficient than the original fuel source!

  8. floydboy says:

    No need to Rube Goldberg your way to clean energy when it’s there for the taking.

  9. Djoni says:

    We might have to wait implied that we might not have too.
    Personnally, I won’t wait until december, the next one or after that.
    Oh wait, I’m driving an EV since 2012!

  10. Roy LeMeur says:

    George is actually just software repurposed from writing encyclopedias and sales brochures.

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