Toyota’s fuel cell buses arrive

Toyota will begin selling fuel cell buses, known as Toyota FC buses, that produce no CO2 emissions in Japan from early next year

Toyota’s fuel cell buses arrive
The Fuel Cell buses will be sold for the first time in Japan in early 2017.


Having already undergone testing, the Bureau of Transportation of the Tokyo Government plans to utilise two Toyota FC buses as a permanent-route buses in Tokyo from early next year onwards.

Toyota will introduce more than 100 fuel cell buses in the Tokyo area, ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The fuel cell bus can also be used as a power source in the event of disasters, at evacuation sites such as school gymnasiums, or its electricity supply can also be harnessed for home electric appliance use.

The Toyota FC bus was developed by Toyota, based on the company's experience in developing fuel cell buses together with Hino.

The Toyota Fuel Cell System (TFCS)1 was developed for the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, and provides better energy efficiency in comparison with internal combustion engines, according to Toyota. The bus uses a high-capacity external power supply system, with a power supply capable of 9kW2 maximum output, and it has a large electricity supply capacity.

Toyota has already released the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, a range of fuel cell forklifts and stationary fuel cells for use in homes.

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