ANA Introducing Fuel Cell Vehicles for Narita Airport Shuttle Service as Part of METI Demonstration Test
For a limited period starting on January 29, All Nippon Airlines Group (ANA) is introducing fuel cell vehicles for its airport shuttle service.
The service is in partnership with the Research Association of Hydrogen Supply/Utilization Technology (HySUT), which is promoting the Hydrogen Highway Project as part of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's (METI) Demonstration Program for Establishing a Hydrogen-Based Social System. The demonstration program, which aims to broadly popularize hydrogen fueling infrastructure and fuel cell vehicles, is targeting international travelers with the shuttle service.
Fuel cell vehicles run on motors that are powered by electricity produced in a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. Their fuel efficiency is higher than vehicles that run on fossil fuels and produce no emissions, thus placing only a small burden on the environment. Hence, they are expected to play an important role in the low-carbon society of the future. ANA will use two fuel cell vehicles (the Toyota FCHV-adv) first at Narita Airport for its "Europe and North America route return shuttle service" and then for an "early morning shuttle plan." The vehicles will mainly run on regular long-distance routes on highways in the first such trial conducted in Japan.
The service will be available until March 31 (although the "early morning shuttle plan" will last until March 26).