A new hydrogen city bus that uses the same fuel cell stack as the Toyota Mirai will be tested on roads in Portugal next year.
Toyota said it has delivered and integrated its first fuel cell stack into Portuguese bus engineering and production company CaetanoBus’ H2.City Gold, which was presented at Busworld 2019 in Brussels.
This marks the first concrete step of a collaboration announced in September 2018 by Toyota Motor Europe (TME) and CaetanoBus to build hydrogen fuel cell city buses.
The stack is located on the roof and is coupled to five hydrogen tanks with a total capacity of 37.5kg, giving the bus a range of up to 400km.
It can be refuelled with hydrogen pressurised at 350 bar in under nine minutes, and its only emissions are water vapour.
This gives city bus operators a zero emission solution without compromise in operation due to charging time or high load conditions.
The trial bus will be operated in various European cities over the next months, before commercialisation mid 2020.
In line with its vision of a decarbonised society – as stated in its 2050 environmental challenge, Toyota is promoting the application of its hydrogen fuel cell technology beyond passenger cars, including heavy duty trucks, small delivery trucks, forklifts and buses.