Tokyo, Japan – Toyota hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCV) will go into service at Tokyo’s Narita Airport as part of a demonstration trial for the alternative fuel vehicles. The FCVs will be used in All Nippon Airways’ car service, which provides limousine and taxi services for passengers returning to Japan on flights from Europe or the U.S.
Under the same project, Toyota has been providing a fuel cell hybrid bus for use on a commercial route between central Tokyo and Tokyo International Airport since December 2010.
Toyota 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. The trial is in response to a request from the Research Association of Hydrogen Supply/Utilization Technology, a participant in the Hydrogen Highway Project run by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, which aims to establish a hydrogen-based infrastructure system.
Toyota said that the new models being tested can operate in temperatures as low as -30°C, whereas previous models could not be operated in temperatures below o°C. The vehicles can travel approximately 830 kilometres on a single tank of hydrogen.