If you’ve been paying attention to the Toyota lineup in recent years, then you know that the Japanese automaker is fully committed to developing responsible and innovative alternative powertrain sources with low- and zero-emission numbers as the goal. This includes the Toyota Prius hybrid, Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid, and the all-new 2017 Toyota Mirai with a system powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Now, Toyota is taking hydrogen fuel cell technology to a whole new level with the introduction of an all-new Toyota hydrogen bus. Here’s what we know about this innovative new model so far.
How it Works
The Toyota hydrogen bus will run on a Toyota Fuel Cell System that has been recently updated to develop even greater efficiency. It will use a bigger version of the system built for the all-new 2017 Toyota Mirai in order to offer a max output of 9 kW and tanks that can hold up to 235 kWh of electricity. The system will store hydrogen in carbon-fiber reinforced fuel tanks, which is delivered from the outside air through front intake grills. This hydrogen is sent to the fuel cell stack, where it undergoes treatment that allows it to create electricity which is then converted into motion. This is a zero emissions vehicle, with the only by-product being water released through the tailpipe.
Japan’s Olympic Plan
Toyota’s hydrogen bus plan is part of a bigger plan by the Japanese government to go green ahead of the 2020 Olympics. Of the six thousand fuel-cell driven vehicles that Japan wants on the road by the time the Olympics come around, 100 of them are expected to be Toyota hydrogen buses.
Learn More About Toyota Hydrogen Power at Findlay Toyota
Needless to say, the Toyota hydrogen bus won’t be a production model for everyday drivers, but rather a public bus for public use. For those who want a car the runs on fuel cells, though, there’s the all-new 2017 Toyota Mirai. This all-new model is now available at select dealerships. Stay up to date on the latest fuel cell technology information at Findlay Toyota, easy to reach and easy to find at [di_dealer_option street_address=“”] in [di_dealer_option city=“”], [di_dealer_option state=“”].