Toyota announces fuel cell buses
SOLAR-POWER pundit Elon Musk rather robustly described Toyota Motor Corporation’s plans to use a lot of electricity to make and trap hydrogen to make a little electricity “bullshit”.
Toyota, of course, went and used a bull’s excretions to make hydrogen to show the process can (admittedly with a lot of technology) be energy neutral, and told Musk he is right. The world’s car makers just smirked at all this wit, and went on investing heavily in preparing to sell an electric fleet by 2020.
Toyota is sticking to its hydrogen guns, however, and for its next instalment in the hydrogen saga announced it will sell fuel cell buses (FC buses) under the Toyota brand from early next year. Having already undergone repeated field tests for practical use, the Bureau of Transportation of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government plans to use two of these FC buses (model name: Toyota FC Bus) as fixed-route buses. Toyota plans to introduce over 100 FC buses mainly in the Tokyo area, ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In view of this, the FC buses will be sold for the first time in Japan in early 2017, so as to help increase the level of understanding by the general public of the utilisation of FC buses as a form of public transportation.
The number of FC buses will increase over the next four years to meet the transport demands of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.
The Toyota FC Bus was developed by Toyota, based on the company’s experience in developing FC buses together with Hino Motors Ltd (Hino).
The Toyota Fuel Cell System (TFCS), which was developed for the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, has been adopted to provide better energy efficiency in comparison with internal combustion engines, as well as to deliver superior environmental performance with no CO2 emissions or substances of concern (SOCs) when driving.
The company said in a statement the nine kW battery systems in the FC bus can also be used as a power source in the event of disaster.
Toyota has announced an electric bus powered by hydrogen as part of its commitment to use a lot of electricity to make hydrogen to make a little electricity.