Toyota drops all its battery plans
WHILE BMW last month announced it has sent a fleet of electric cars into its car-sharing testing programme, Toyota alternative-fuel chief Craig Scott recently told Forbes magazine Toyota has basically given up on batteries ever becoming viable for long distance transport.
Scott said that current limits on how much electricity can be stored in a given volume, and how quickly a battery can charge, will not change for the next 10 years, adding the current wave of battery developments will take at least that long to transition to production.
Which is why Toyota has dropped all its battery plans and is focusing on hydrogen cars, a new direction which Tesla founder Elon Musk famously called bulls**t.
Meanwhile, in the next stage of development for their jointly-developed fuel cell bus, Toyota Motor Corporation and Hino Motors, Ltd. carried out field tests in Tokyo from July 24 to today, hoping to accelerate technological development of the bus with the aim of bringing it market.
These field tests will help determine the practicality of the fuel cell bus for use in public transport networks, as well as evaluating the efficacy of its external power supply system during widespread power outages caused by natural disasters. The tests will be carried out with the co-operation of the Tokyo metropolitan government.
The new bus was developed jointly by Toyota and Hino based on a Hino hybrid non-step route bus and is equipped with the Toyota fuel cell system developed for the Mirai fuel cell vehicle. Toyota was responsible for development of the fuel cell system, while Hino handled development of the bus body, including the chassis. The design of the bus has been optimised for increased power output, and features two 110 kW fuel cell stacks and 110 kW (335 N·m) motors alongside eight 70 MPa high-pressure hydrogen tanks. The bus uses a NiMH drive battery, and also features a 9,8 kW / DC300 V vehicle-to-home (V2H) system.
announcement came as Americans took to social media to complain about the unavailability of hydrogen at the special filling stations.
Green Car Reports say American drivers enjoy driving their water-spouting cars, but early adopters of the new technology in Southern California cannot refuel their hydrogen cars at the handful of specialised stations set up by private companies.
The hydrogen cars available to buyers are the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, Honda FCX Clarity Toyota Mirai and Merto cedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell.
California admitted to Green Car this “is a challenging transition time for customers, but we are confident it will imThe prove”.
The state currently has 48 stations at “various stages of development”.
— Wheels Reporter.
Toyota’s fuel cell bus will emit only water, after using a lot of electricity up stream to make hydrogen that will be converted
back to power a battery.