It’s a zero-emissions fuel cell bus that embodies Toyota’s commitment to build environmentally-friendly vehicles for the world. As implied, it’s powered by the same propulsion technology found in the Mirai and Fine-Comfort Ride concept. Under the skin are 10 tanks (with a nominal working pressure of 70 MPa) carrying 600 litres of hydrogen, enough for a fuel cell range of 200 km.
Refuelling all tanks takes about 10 minutes, and the system will have an energy capacity of 235 kWh. The hydrogen then gets fed to two on-board fuel cell stacks that power a pair of electric motors. Combined, the system produces 226 kW (308 PS) and 670 Nm. The bus also doubles as a power generator in the event of disasters. Acceleration is deliberately tweaked to be smoother – gone are the days of lurching in a stop/go situation, because there’s no need for gear shifting as well.
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