FOTON STARTS TRIAL WITH FC BUS IN AUSTRALIA MARCH 2021
Chinese bus manufacturer Foton will start a trial in March 2021 in Australia with a fuel cell bus, ABC reports. Also the same month a test with a Foton battery bus will take off. The trial involves a 12.4-metre hydrogen fuel-cell city bus and an electric city bus.
Besides the two test vehicles also an 8.5 metre low-floor city bus, and even a 12 metre fuel-cell coach will appear on Australian roads in 2021. Foton will also provide an electric charging station and hydrogen fuel station as well as a finance and leasing option.
The Foton hydrogen bus uses a Toyota fuel cell. The fuel cell engine is a SinoHytec TS60 with Toyota FC Stac with a maximum output of 60 kW. The driveline consists of a ZF CeTrax CP A engine with a maximum output of 210 kW and 3,200 Nm. The hydrogen is stored in roof-mounted (5x 185L Type4 70 MPa) high-pressure hydrogen tanks. The range is between 400 – 450 km. The tare weight of the bus is lower than 12.7-tonne. Foton delivered its first three hydrogen buses for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and has so far sold more than 600 units in China. Foton Australia has been around since 1996.