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Fuel Cell Buses for Kansai Airport Terminals - Kansai 1st to Demonstrate Technology

Fuel Cell Buses for Kansai Airport Terminals - Kansai 1st to Demonstrate Technology

The fuel cell bus that will begin operating in Kansai Airport.

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A fuel cell shuttle bus will begin transporting travelers to and from Kansai International Airport's Terminal Building 2, which is scheduled to open on October 28.

This Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) initiative is part of the Local Hydrogen Supply Infrastructure Technology and Social Demonstration, a joint research project between the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and the Research Association of Hydrogen Supply/Utilization Technology (HySUT). When the airport opens Terminal Building 2, which will cater exclusively to low-cost carriers (LCCs), the shuttle bus will begin running on certain days between the new terminal on one end and the older Terminal 1, train station and adjacent Aeroplaza on the other.

The introduction will be the first full demonstration of a fuel cell bus in the Kansai region. By having people experience what it is like ride on one, the organizers hope the project will lead to a campaign in support of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FVCs) running on clean energy.

The new vehicle will be a fuel-cell hybrid bus (FCHV-Bus) developed by Toyota Motor Corporation and Hino Motors, Ltd. It will seat 63 passengers and travel up to 80 kph. Passengers can ride on weekends and holidays beginning October 28. The bus will refuel at the Hydrogen Station installed at the airport in 2007.

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