Distributed Energy Resources - March 1, 2022
Toyota, Isuzu and Hino Motors to Electrify Buses
Isuzu Motors Limited (Isuzu), Hino Motors, Ltd. (Hino), and Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announced that they plan to strengthen their efforts to electrify buses to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.
The automakers will expand their lineup to increase customer options and reduce vehicle cost in collaboration with Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies Co., Ltd.
Isuzu and Hino plan to begin production of battery electric vehicle (BEV) flat-floor route buses in 2024 at Isuzu-Hino joint venture J-Bus Ltd. and have been collaborating in the bus business since 2002.
The BEV flat-floor route bus planned for production start in FY2024 will be developed by Isuzu, and the adoption of a BEV powertrain, which will provide zero CO2 emissions during vehicle use, is aimed at contributing to the realization of a decarbonized society.
Additionally, Isuzu, Hino, and Toyota have agreed to begin studying the planning and development of next-generation fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) route bus based on the BEV flat-floor route bus to be produced from FY2024.
The next-generation FCEV route bus will combine the platform of the BEV flat-floor route bus scheduled for launch in FY 2024 with Toyota's fully developed fuel cell system found in the Toyota Mirai and the SORA fuel cell bus. By sharing the same components between BEVs and FCEVs, Isuzu, Hino, and Toyota aim to significantly reduce costs, and by adopting new-generation fuel cell stacks and utilizing Toyota and Hino's FCEV bus development know-how to date, they aim to provide longer-life, higher-added-value EVs.
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