Asahi Shimbun. Toshiba Corp. will retrofit small buses owned by Tokyo’s Minato Ward with its SciB lithium-ion cells and electric motors to produce fast-charge battery-electric buses. Toshiba is planing on a 5-minute recharge with the battery state of charge at 50%.
To keep the battery level above 50 percent, the buses will return to a garage for a recharge after traveling roughly a modest 12 kilometers (7.5 miles). For this reason, the ward plans to use the vehicles over a short route to make rounds of residential areas.
The ward plans to start test runs by the end of this fiscal year and begin full-fledged operations from next fiscal year.
(A hat-tip to Roger!)