Dec. 07, 2010

Toyota Motor Corporation
Hino Motors, Ltd.

TMC, Hino to Provide Fuel-cell Bus for Tokyo Airport Routes

Tokyo, Japan, December 7, 2010—Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and Hino Motors, Ltd. (Hino) announce that they will provide a fuel-cell hybrid bus for a commercial bus route between central Tokyo and Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport) run by Airport Transport Service Co., Ltd. ("Airport Transport Service").  The provision is in response to a request from the Research Association of Hydrogen Supply/Utilization Technology (HySUT), a participant in the Hydrogen Highway Project.  The Hydrogen Highway Project is a part of Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)'s Demonstration Program for Establishing a Hydrogen-based Social System.

TMC and Hino will modify their jointly developed "FCHV-BUS" fuel-cell hybrid bus to airport-route specifications and lease it to HySUT, and HySUT will outsource operation of the bus to Airport Transport Service.  Starting on December 16, the bus will make one round trip per day on a route between Shinjuku Station's West Exit and Haneda Airport and on one between Tokyo City Air Terminal and Haneda Airport.

The bus will be fueled with hydrogen at Tokyo Suginami Hydrogen Station in central Tokyo and Haneda Hydrogen Station in Haneda; both facilities are to begin operations on December 15.

TMC and Hino plan to analyze data from the operations of the bus and, with a mind toward practical application of fuel-cell hybrid buses, to proceed with further research and development.

FCHV-BUS Operation Plan
Start December 16, 2010
Routes Haneda Airport Route (Airport Transport Service Co., Ltd.)
           Morning: Shinjuku Station West Exit ↔ Haneda Airport
           Afternoon: Tokyo City Air Terminal ↔ Haneda Airport
Schedule 1 round trip daily on each route
Vehicles used 1 unit (and 1 reserve unit)

FCHV-BUS Route Timetable
Departure Arrival (planned)
Haneda Airport Terminal 2 08:15 Shinjuku Station West Exit No. 24 09:05
Shinjuku Station West Exit No. 24 09:40 Haneda Airport Terminal 1 10:45
Haneda Airport Terminal 2 12:45 Tokyo City Air Terminal 13:20
Tokyo City Air Terminal 13:40 Haneda Airport Terminal 1 14:05
Note: Arrivals may be delayed as a result of traffic and road conditions.

Outline of the FCHV-BUS

TMC and Hino both brought their own technologies and expertise to the development of the vehicle, with TMC responsible for developing the fuel-cell system and Hino the body, including the chassis.

The vehicle, with the same specifications as the fuel-cell hybrid bus currently in operation in the vicinity of Central Japan International Airport, has been revamped inside and out, and features necessary for the route operations are being added.
Main Features
The bus is fitted with an electric-motor hybrid system powered by batteries and fuel cells, and is fueled with high-pressure hydrogen gas.  During operation, the vehicle does not emit carbon dioxide, said to be a cause of global warming, or any other atmospheric pollutant such as nitrogen oxide; it is both highly energy-efficient and very quiet.

Main Specifications
Vehicle Name FCHV-BUS
Base vehicle Hino Blue Ribbon City non-step large-size hybrid route bus
Length/width/height 10,610 mm/2,490 mm/3,360 mm
Maximum speed 80 km/h
Seating capacity 26 (25 passengers, 1 driver)
Fuel Cell Name Toyota FC Stack
Type Polymer electrolyte
Max output 90 kW x 2
Motor Type Permanent magnet
Maximum output 80 kW (109 ps) x 2
Maximum torque 260 N-m (26.5 kg-m) x 2
Fuel Type Hydrogen
Storage system High-pressure hydrogen tanks
Maximum storage pressure 35 MPa
Battery Type Nickel-metal hydride

To mark the start of operations of the Hydrogen Highway Project, HySUT plans to hold a ceremony near Haneda Airport Terminal 2's bus stops at 11:30 on December 15.