Toyota Motor Corp showed a concept model of a fuel-cell vehicle (FCV) at Tokyo Motor Show 2017, which was open to the public from Oct 28 to Nov 5, 2017.
The FCV, "Fine-Comfort Ride," uses an in-wheel motor (IWM) for each of the four wheels. It realizes a drive range of 1,000km (approx 621 miles) with a large-capacity hydrogen tank and an FC (fuel-cell) stack having a high fuel-electricity conversion efficiency.
Toyota Motor Corp unveiled the "Sora" fixed-route FCV (fuel-cell vehicle) bus at Tokyo Motor Show 2017, which was open to the public from Oct 28 to Nov 5, 2017.
The FCV bus detects induction lines on the road surface by using eight cameras attached around the vehicle. It can stop at a bus stop with an accuracy of 30-60mm (gap between the bus and the bus stop) by automatically controlling steering and deceleration.
Honda Motor Co Ltd announced May 18, 2017, that it will start operation of taxis using its "Clarity Fuel Cell" fuel-cell vehicle (FCV) on a trial basis in July 2017.
The period of the test operation is planned to be three years. This project is aimed at expanding the application of FCVs, which are currently used only for government and municipal offices. Also, driving data, etc obtained through the test operation will be used for research and development for improving FCV performance.