TMC also plans to lease the FCHV-adv to other national government entities, local governments and companies in or related to the energy industry. Lease terms are ¥840,000 yen including tax (US$7,730) per month for 30 months.
The FCHV-adv is equipped with a newly designed higher-performance Toyota fuel cell stack. The FCHV-adv provides a 25% improvement in fuel efficiency compared to the FCHV through improved fuel cell unit performance, enhancements to the regenerative braking system, and a reduction in energy consumed by the auxiliary systems.
Equipped with TMC-developed 70 Mpa (10,000 psi) high-pressure hydrogen tanks, the FCHV-adv has a range of approximately 830 km (516 miles) based on the Japanese 10-15 cycle on a single fueling—more than double that of the older FCHV.
This leasing, as well as TMC’s participation in other cooperative efforts with the government, the energy industry and other parties concerned is aimed at helping to bring about the widespread use of fuel cell vehicles, according to the company.