Hey, boys and girls, today I have another cool and funny news for you – Toyota has been testing Hydrogen-Run Bus in hometown – Japan! This may not seem like real news to you, but folks all around have been buzzing about Toyota’s first fuel-cell-run bus rolling out in the streets of Tokyo. That’s right – the company’s efforts to pack our future with lots of hydrogen-driven vehicles are finally paying off. This shiny new public transport is constructed on the platform of a Hino bus, where the basic hybrid system is replaced with a hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain – like the one on the Toyota Mirai.
That Futuristic Hydrogen-Run Bus
Hino, if you’re wondering, is a subsidiary of Toyota, so, it’s an official new Hydrogen-run bus from the wealthiest automobile company in the world! I mean, at first, I was like – come on, guys, are you serious? A bus with a highly sophisticated fuel-cell system from the futuristic Mirai that you can’t seem to build enough of? For real? Then I thought – ok, first of all, the company has two separate teams working on the two brands, and second, who knows, maybe the bus will turn out to be as much of a hit as the hi-tech sedan!
The Powertrain Of Hydrogen-Run Bus
So, here’s what we know so far: 8 hydrogen tanks feed 2 fuel-cell stacks that supply that nickel-metal hydride battery. The battery, in turn, powers up 2 synchronous AC engines – both engines have 147 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. Pretty impressive for a bus, yes, but, if you think for a moment that it will have to carry up to 77 people simultaneously (that’s right – you can fit 77 passengers in this bus), that power starts to seem a bit weak. Toyota assures that the output power will be increased, and that the initial tests were very promising. It’s hard to object, because, let’s face it – whenever it comes to hybrids, hydrogen or anything futuristic-crazy-super effective, the company is the best at it – period.
Successful Field Tests Of Hydrogen-Run Bus
On the first phase of testing, the bus performed its usual task – taking folks around central Tokyo and the surrounding areas. All went well, and everybody was happy. The second phase was conducted for testing the vehicle’s external power, safety systems, etc. That was a success as well, so, all that hard work was fully rewarded. I mean, there’s no feeling like watching people enjoy your creation! For now, no official info about the release date or the price has been released. Stay tuned to find out more.
And guys, if any of you is living in Tokyo, please try to get a ride on this futuristic bus and share your experience. Everybody else – feel free to comment below and start a conversation – I’m always here to chat!
Check out this video: CNET On Cars – Road to the future: Toyota’s big bet on hydrogen.