Jan. 21, 2011

TMC FCVs to Be Trialed in Narita Airport Car-service

Toyota City, Japan, January 21, 2011—Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) plans to provide "TOYOTA FCHV-adv"* fuel-cell-hybrid vehicles to an FCV (fuel-cell vehicle) car-service trial program to start on January 29 between Narita International Airport (Narita Airport) and other destinations.  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 run by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) as part of its Demonstration Program for Establishing a Hydrogen-based Social System.

The vehicles will be used in a car service All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA) operates from Narita Airport for the Welcome-Home Limousine Taxi Service for passengers returning to Japan on flights from Europe or the U.S. and for its early morning pickup plan.

Under the same project, TMC has been providing an "FCHV-BUS" fuel-cell hybrid bus for use on a commercial route between central Tokyo and Tokyo International Airport (commonly known as Haneda Airport) since December last year.

To continue to promote the widespread use of FCVs, TMC will verify data obtained from the car-service trials (which will include highway use), and conduct ongoing research and development while actively cooperating with various organizations including the national government and the energy industry.

Outline of the TOYOTA FCHV-adv

Main Features

  • Can operate in temperatures as low as -30°C (previous models could not be operated in temperatures below 0°C).
  • Can travel approximately 830 km on a single tank of hydrogen (TMC measurements under the Japanese 10-15 test cycle).

TOYOTA FCHV-adv Vehicle Specifications
4,735 mm/1,815 mm/1,685 mm
1,880 kg
Seating capacity
cruising range*
10-15 test cycle
Approx. 830 km
JC08 test cycle
Approx. 760 km
Maximum speed
155 km/h
Fuel cell
Toyota FC Stack
Polymer electrolyte
Max output
90 kW
Permanent magnet
Maximum output
90 kW (122 ps)
Maximum torque
260 N-m (26.5 kg-m)
Storage system
High-pressure hydrogen tank
Max. storage pressure
70 MPa
Tank capacity
156 L
Nickel-metal hydride
*Based on TMC calculations

*Stands for "fuel cell hybrid vehicle-advanced".