Jan. 08, 2015

Toyota Motor Corporation
Hino Motors, Ltd.

New Toyota, Hino Fuel Cell Bus to Service Route in Toyota City


Toyota City, Japan, January 8, 2015―Toyota Motor Corporation and Hino Motors, Ltd. have developed a new Toyota Fuel Cell System-equipped* bus, which is scheduled to service the Toyota Oiden bus route in Toyota City from January 9.

New Toyota, Hino fuel cell bus

New Toyota, Hino fuel cell bus

The Toyota Fuel Cell System, which integrates fuel cell and hybrid vehicle technologies, was developed for the Mirai fuel cell vehicle. The new fuel cell bus is equipped with eight high-pressure hydrogen tanks as well as two fuel cell stacks and two motors to provide increased output. The bus also features a system for supplying electric power to buildings and other facilities during emergencies, which was enhanced through rigorous verification testing beginning in November 2013.

Toyota and Hino will verify the feasibility and effectiveness of the fuel cell bus through testing involving commercial operation on regular routes on public roads and will feed back the results into R&D. Hydrogen fueling of the bus will be carried out at Toyota Ecoful Town, under a New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization project.

The verification testing will be conducted with the cooperation of Toyota City as a part of public fuel cell bus road trials and emergency external power supply testing that began in 2010 under the Toyota City Low-Carbon Verification Project, which has been selected as one of the Next-Generation Energy and Social System Demonstration Projects being promoted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Information about the operational plan and the fuel cell bus is outlined below.

Fuel cell bus operation plan

Start January 9, 2015
Operator Toyota City Branch of Meitetsu Bus Co., Ltd.
Routes Three round-trips daily (excluding Mondays) on the Toyota Oiden Bus Toyota East Loop (between Toyota City and Mikawa Toyota Station)
Vehicles used One

Reference information

During the international conferences that will be held during Toyota City's Toyota World Environment Week (January 10 to 18), a fuel cell bus will be used as a shuttle between event venues on January 15 and demonstrations of the emergency external power supply system will be conducted from January 14 to 18 at Toyota Ecoful Town.
For more information on Toyota World Environment Week

Fuel cell bus outline

  1. Development

The fuel cell 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.

The two companies leveraged their accumulated specialized technologies and expertise, with Toyota being responsible for development of the Toyota Fuel Cell System, while Hino handled development of the bus body, including the chassis.

  1. Main specifications of the fuel cell bus

Vehicle Length/width/height 10,525/2,490/3,340 mm
Capacity (seated, standing, and driver) 77 (26+50+1)
FC stack Name Toyota FC Stack
Type Solid polymer electrolyte
Max output 114 kw × 2 units/155 PS × 2 units
Motor Type AC synchronous
Max output 110 kw × 2 units /149.5 PS × 2 units
Maximum torque 335 N-m × 2
High-pressure hydrogen tank Type Compressed hydrogen
Maximum filling pressure 70 MPa
Number 8
Tank capacity 480 L
Drive battery Type Nickel-metal hydride
FC bus V2H system Maximum output/voltage 9.8 kw/DC300 V

*A system comprised of fuel cell stacks, motors, high-pressure hydrogen tanks, fuel cell boost converters, drive batteries, and other components.

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