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Toyota unveils new hydrogen-powered bus

Toyota Sora set to go on sale in Japan next year

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The future of city buses (and even long distances/tour buses) looks to be electric, Toyota though believe hydrogen/electric is the way to go.

The Japanese vehicle manufacturer has just released details on their new hydrogen-powered Sora concept bus and say it will hit the streets of Japan next year.

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Powered by the same fuel-cell as found in the Toyota Mirai hydrogen car (driven here), albeit the bus gets two fuel cells, the Sora delivers 226kW/670Nm (total) via twin electric motors.

The 79-seat bus will also feature 10 fuel tanks holding up to 600 litres of hydrogen.

And it won’t just provide clean and green transport, like Toyota’s other electrified models, the Sora was designed to be used as a possible emergency power source.

Toyota telling us that the bus could be utilised to power evacuation sites such as school gymnasiums and community centres for about five days.

Toyota Sora Key Stats:

  • Length - 10,525mm
  • Width - 2,490mm
  • Height - 3,340mm
  • Seating capacity – 79 (including driver)
  • Seated passengers - 22
  • Standing passengers - 56
  • Fuel Cell Stack Maximum Output - 114kW x 2 units
  • Maximum torque 335Nm x 2 units

Related: Toyota to expand hydrogen truck trial

We will keep you updated as more details on the Toyota Sora hydrogen bus come to hand.

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