Tokyo Motor Show will be full of concept cars that will introduce new technologies that will soon become integral components of many cars. Moreover, there is a concept of a bus. It is called Toyota Sora Bus Fuel-Cell Concept and it will be one of the first buses with fuel cell powertrain.
The most important thing about this concept is that, unlike other concepts at the upcoming auto show, it will actually become a serial production model. Of course, we are about to see various modifications until the final product, but we can see the direction where the new bus will go. It will come with an advanced fuel cell powertrain, but also with a whole bunch of newest technology features. First models could appear already next year.
Toyota Sora Bus Fuel-Cell Concept design
The Toyota Sora Bus Fuel-Cell Concept comes with plenty of new design solutions. Although it is still a concept, it will enter production quite soon. The whole idea is to create an environment-friendly bus, with advanced powertrain but also with the highest possible level of comfort. For this occasion, the company created a bus that has a capacity for 79 passengers. Besides great comfort, we are about to see many advanced technologies. One of them is a peripheral monitoring system.
Toyota Sora Bus Fuel-Cell Concept peripheral monitoring system and other advanced features
The Toyota Sora Bus Fuel-Cell Concept will come with a new peripheral monitoring system. It consists of eight high-definition cameras fitted inside and outside the bus. This will provide a perfect protection for pedestrians and cyclist. It will work on the same base as blind spot monitoring, featuring audible warnings. Another great feature will be acceleration control. This feature will suppress sudden acceleration and give more gentle progress from stops, once again in order to keep pedestrians and cyclist safe. Finally, there is an automatic arrival control. This feature will be great for passengers with strollers or wheelchairs since it autonomously steers and gently stop the bus around 2-4 inches from the curb.
Toyota Sora Bus Fuel-Cell Concept powertrain
The advanced powertrain will be one of the key features of the new bus. The Toyota Sora Bus Fuel-Cell Concept comes with two 114kW fuel-cell stacks feed two 113-kWh AC synchronous electric motors. The total output of this system is around 300 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque. Exact details about max range are still unknown, but we expect some nice results. A total capacity of hydrogen fuel pack is around 600 liters.
Toyota Sora Bus Fuel-Cell Concept production
It is for sure that Toyota Sora Bus Fuel-Cell Concept won’t stay just in a concept form. The company plans to start with production already next year and it is expected that over 100 units will be ready for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.