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Toyota, Hino Test Fuel Cell Transit Bus in Tokyo

Equipped with two Mirai fuel cell stacks and eight high-pressure hydrogen tanks, the Hino bus will test the feasibility of the technology in service in Tokyo.

Published: 29-Jul-2015

Toyota and its heavy vehicle sister company, Hino, began testing a fuel cell-powered electric transit bus during the week of July 24-30 in Tokyo. Twin fuel cells stacks developed for the Mirai sedan and capable of maximum power output of 114 kW each are pair to a NiMH battery pack.

The bus can hold up to 77 passengers: 26 siting, 50 standing, plus the driver. Hydrogen compressed to 70 MPa is stored in eight tanks under the bus with a total capacity of 480 liters. The bus also includes a 9.8kW Vehice-to-Home (V2H) power system.

Explaining the purpose of the experiment, Toyota stated, "While public transport undoubtedly has considerable environmental benefits, most public transport networks run off public power grids or consist of gasoline or diesel burning vehicles. Shifting only a fraction of these networks over to zero-emission fuel cells could significantly reduce overall vehicle emissions."

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