TOYOTA JOINS CAETANOBUS IN FUEL CELL BUS PROJECT
Next years autumn Portugese bus manufacturer Caetanobus is to launch its first hydrogen demonstration city bus together with Toyota. Caetano is delivering the bus, Toyota the fuel cell technology and installation. For Toyota this is another important step towards a broader hydrogen society.
For many years now Toyota is promoting the application of its hydrogen fuel cell technology not only in their passenger cars but also in heavy duty trucks, small delivery trucks, forklifts and buses. It is in line with Toyota's vision of a decarbonised society – as stated in its 2050 environmental challenge. In Europe the Japanese company did not yet have a 'strong hold' for implementing its fuel cell technology. Now with Caetano, Toyota is taking the first step. The components it delivers to Caetano includes fuel cell stacks, hydrogen tanks and other key components to build hydrogen fuel cell city buses.
The first fuel cell zero emission city buses will roll off the production lines of Caetanobus SA, in little over a year, and are to be operated as demonstration buses by Caetanobus SA. “Supplying our fuel cell systems to Caetanobus demonstrates the many practical uses and environmental benefits of hydrogen towards a carbon-free society”, says Dr. Johan van Zyl, President and CEO, Toyota Motor Europe. José Ramos, President of Salvador Caetano Indústria holding says he is very proud to be the first company in Europe to benefit from Toyota’s leading fuel cell technology and is convinced that hydrogen is a great solution for zero emission buses.
The announcement was made in Lisbon during the visit of the Energy Observer catamaran, the first hydrogen sea vessel powered purely by renewable solar and hydrogen energy. An impressive vessel which looks more like a spacecraft and is a showcase for renewable energy. The Energy Observer is the first autonomous hydrogen vessel that emits no greenhouse gases or fine particles. It is electrically propelled and operates by using a mix of renewable energies and a system that produces carbon-free hydrogen from seawater.