Toyota and Honda build power bus for natural disasters Its testing will begin next month.August 31, 2020
Honda and Toyota have teamed up to develop a hydrogen bus mobile power plant to help temporarily restore power during natural disasters. The project viability check and demonstration of the system’s capabilities will begin next month.
The main element of the Moving e station is the Toyota FC Bus, a hydrogen fuel cell bus. Its pressurized cylinders store twice as much hydrogen as before, from which up to 454 kilowatt-hours of electricity can be generated and distributed at a maximum power of 18 kilowatts via two Honda Power Exporter 9000 PTOs. They will already be powered by 20 portable LiB-AID E500 generators, 36 Honda Mobile Power Pack battery modules or directly connected equipment.
At the same time, Moving e can simultaneously operate in power plant mode, providing emergency services with electricity, and serve as a resting place for maintenance personnel. The viability of the system will be tested as early as next month, when its demo tests begin.
For this, Toyota and Honda have entered into an agreement with commercial organizations and municipal authorities, because the range of applications for Moving e is vast: there is enough hydrogen to supply electricity for a small event or road services.
Previously, the question of the possibilities of introducing electric vehicles into the society of the future was raised by Nissan. Visitors to the Nissan Pavilion in Yokohama were allowed to pay for parking with electricity, transferring energy from the batteries back to the public grid. Moreover, even the restaurant located on the territory of the exhibition center is connected to the batteries of the Leaf electric car.
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