Toyota announced on October 22nd, 2016 that it will start selling buses that run on hydrogen fuel-cells in Tokyo next year, 2017, in advance of the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Toyota’s fuel-cell buses will run on more powerful platform than the Mirai, with up to 10 fuel tanks holding 600 liters of highly pressurized H2 and producing 235 kwh, or almost three times the output of a Tesla Model S battery. This is what allows Toyota’s bus to double as an external power supply. JAPANTODAY

realization of a hydrogen-based society

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Strychnine I hope this works! I eagerly await the day when we slow down or stop burning oil for fuel.

Tahoochi …I used to think fuel cell/hydrogen was the bomb (no pun intended) until I read about how much energy it takes to produce and store it. Let’s just say it has its critics.

albaleo It does. But I guess it’s good to have competition between those pushing for hydrogen fuel cells and those for charged batteries (e.g. Tesla, Nissan).

kohakuebisu Like taxis running on LPG, fuel cell buses have a big advantage in that they can refuel at a depot. They don’t need filling stations equipped with hydrogen all over the place, one of the big obstacles for fuel cell cars.

Fuel cell buses also replace diesels, so less NOx and PM in the cities.

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That’s right, any hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is also an electric generator, and a reliable one at that.

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Beautiful bus but why don’t they ever give them pointy aerodynamic front and rear fascia? Pedestrian safety?
fuel cells are better in every way….the only issue Toyota needs to address is the looks…this car is kinda ugly
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Is Toyota actually trying to make even uglier cars every year? Is Toyota just trolling us? Are they trying to make everyone forget that they once used to make awesome cars like the Supra, MR2, Celica, etc? They could have developed this technology and make the car pretty pretty, but no, they chose to make it look like that. Toyota has officialy lost it’s soul to volume sales.
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It’s a three way battle now, between internal combustion, all electric and fuel cell vehicles. Should be very interesting to see how things pan out in the next 10 years.
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But what about using hydrogen as if it’s gasoline? I still want that awesome sound you can get from a crossplane V8 and a proper manual transmission with a clutch.
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I love the technology and the advances but I am sorry, I am yet to be convinced of a better driving machine than one with an internal combustion engine. (So far) The sound of a roaring petrol engine is bliss.
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Im thinking all the big energy companies like BP, Shell, Chevron and such have to do is add another underground fuel tank at gas stations all around the world…like they did when LPG became available for automotive use…and youll never look at a battery powered EV ever again!
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i really dont know why there are not more manufactures that work on a hydrogen car.
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Oh man the future looks bright!
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this future is burning my eyes…
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