The Anonymous Widower

Toyota Fuel Cell Buses Expected To Be Big Seller Of Hydrogen At 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on Hydrogen Fuel News.

This is the first paragraph.

Toyota fuel cell buses are likely to be the clean transportation to take center stage at the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. The Japanese automaker intends to roll out 100 of these buses at the event to shuttle visitors between venues.

It would appear to be an exercise to publicise their technology.

If you read the Wikipedia entry for hydrogen fuel cell buses, no-one has yet built and deployed a fleet as large as Toyota’s for the Olympics.

The UK has two major deployments of hydrogen fuel cell double deck buses, under development, that I wrote about in the following posts.

In 2012, I went to a lecture about the New Routemaster Bus at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, which I wrote about in The Development of the New Bus for London.

Wrightbus had obviously done their research and I got the impression, that designers can put heavy and bulky components all over the place in a modern double-decker bus.

On the New Routemaster components are placedas follows.

  • The single traction motor is under the floor.
  • The battery is under the front stairs.
  • The Cummins diesel engine is half-way up the back stairs.

As the New Routemaster is based on a specially-designed chassis and not a standard one from Volvo or Mercedes, I wonder if to be successful, a hydrogen-powered bus needs a custom-designed chassis, to properly accommodate the various components.

  • Traction motor
  • Hydrogen tank
  • Hydrogen fuel cell
  • Battery

It certainly looks like Toyota have gone down this route. But then they can afford to for the Tokyo Olympics.

September 21, 2019 - Posted by | Transport | , , , ,

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