Toyota/Hino to Test Fuel Cell Bus
Later this month Toyota Motor Corp. and its Hino Motors Ltd. affiliate will begin testing a prototype fuel cell bus on public roads in Tokyo. The field tests, which will be done in conjunction with the city government, will help determine the feasibility of hydrogen-fueled buses in commercial applications under real world conditions.
The fuel cell bus is based on a Hino hybrid model that is modified to use the same power system used in Toyota's Mirai fuel cell car. The prototype bus is outfitted with two 110-kW fuel cell stacks, electric motors and a nickel-metal-hydride battery. Hydrogen is stored in eight 10,000-psi tanks.
While it seems that fuel efficiency as related to the U.S. federal government is all about light duty vehicles, that’s far from being the case.
Hydrogen is not only the first element on the Periodic Table (so it gets Atomic Number 1), but it is also the simplest—one proton and one electron—and it is also the most abundant element in the universe.
Honda, says John Mendel, executive vice president, Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., is fairly rare in the U.S. auto industry right now for at least a couple of reasons.