Toy­ota an­nounces fuel cell buses

The Witness - Wheels - - TRANSPORT - AL­WYN VILJOEN

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.

PHOTO: TOY­OTA

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.

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