Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) plans to provide Toyota FCHV-adv (earlier post) fuel-cell-hybrid vehicles to an FCV (fuel-cell vehicle) car-service trial program to start on 29 January between Narita International 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 US 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. (Earlier post.)
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.