In the next stage of development for their jointly-built zero-emission fuel cell bus, Toyota Motor Corporation and Hino Motors will carry out field tests from July 24 to July 30, hoping to accelerate technological development of the bus with the aim of bringing it to market. Both parties expect fuel cell buses to become a means of transport that will contribute to the realization of a future hydrogen-based society.
The tests, which will be performed in Central Tokyo and Tokyo waterfront area, will help determine the practicality of the bus for use in public transportation, as well as evaluating the efficacy of its external power supply system during widespread power outages caused by natural disasters. They will be carried out with the cooperation of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
The fuel cell bus was developed jointly by Toyota and Hino based on a Hino hybrid non-step bus and is equipped with the Toyota Fuel Cell System developed for the Mirai. The system generates electricity from the chemical reaction between hydrogen stored in the onboard fuel cell system and airborne oxygen.
The design of the bus has been optimized for increased power output, and features two fuel cell stacks and motors alongside eight high-pressure hydrogen tanks. Toyota was responsible for development of the Toyota Fuel Cell System, while Hino handled development of the bus body, including the chassis.