|The Toyota FCHV. Click to enlarge.|
The Toyota FCHV, Toyota’s fuel cell hybrid vehicle, will begin operation on public roads in and around Central Japan International Airport (Centrair), south of Nagoya. Units of the FCHV-BUS (a fuel cell hybrid bus) that Toyota developed jointly with Hino Motors, Ltd. have been in operation in and around Centrair since July 2006.
Toyota will loan the FCHV to Yamato Transport Co., Ltd. (Yamato Transport) as part of the Japan Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Demonstration Project (JHFC), organized by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
Toyota modified Yamato’s fuel cell hybrid vehicle for freight purposes, and the transport company has acquired a commercial registration. The Yamato FCHV will make deliveries between one of the Nagoya-area distribution centers and Centrair.
The vehicle will be fueled at the JHFC Centrair Hydrogen Station, which was set up within Centrair as part of the JHFC’s Demonstration Study of Hydrogen Fueling Facilities for Fuel Cell Vehicles.
The FCHV features a 90 kW fuel cell stack that powers a 90 kW permanent magnet drive motor that develops 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) of torque. A 21 kW NiMH battery pack provides energy storage. Hydrogen is stored at 35 MPa (5,000 psi). The vehicle has a range of about 330 km (205 miles).
Toyota began limited leasing of the FCHV in July 2005.