Japanese multinational manufacturer believes that hydrogen fuel cells will be a powerful future energy source
Japan Toyota Motor Corporation will begin to sell fuel cell buses under the Toyota brand from early 2017. Having already undergone repeated field tests for practical use, the Bureau of Transportation of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government plans to utilize two of the 10.5m vehicles which will be branded the Toyota FC Bus, although the plan is to introduce over 100 of them mainly in the Tokyo area, ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Toyota FC Bus was developed by Toyota, based on the company’s experience in developing hydrogen vehicles together with Hino Motors. The Toyota Fuel Cell System, which was developed for the Mirai fuel cell car has been adopted to provide better energy efficiency as well as to deliver superior environmental performance with no CO2 emissions or substances of concern when driving.
The bus also uses a high-capacity external power supply system. With a power supply capable of a 9 kW2 maximum output, and a 235 kWh3 capacity electricity supply, it can be used as a power source at evacuation sites in the event of disasters.
Its electricity supply can also be harnessed for home electric appliance use.