Toyota envisions the fuel cell bus of the future


Toyota has unveiled a concept vehicle to be shown at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, the Sora fuel cell bus. The bus is aimed for production in 2018, with more than 100 of them to be used in the Tokyo metropolitan area ahead of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Sora, which is an acronym for Sky, Ocean, River, Air (the earth’s water cycle) is powered by the Toyota Fuel Cell System, developed for the Mirai  fuel cell vehicle. The Sora’s powertrain consists of two 114 kW fuel cell stacks and dual drive motors outputting 113 kW and 355 Nm of torque each (152 hp, 262 lb-ft). A relatively small nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery is also on board, as are a total of 10 hydrogen tanks with a total capacity of 600 liters.

Read more about it on