Toyota has announced that the Sora, the first fuel-cell bus to receive vehicle certification in Japan, has officially gone on sale.
The OEM plans to introduce more than 100 of the vehicles, predominantly within the Tokyo metropolitan area, ahead of the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Sora (Sky, Ocean, River, Air) uses the Toyota Fuel Cell System (TFCS), which was developed for the Mirai, and the bus is equipped with a high-capacity external power device, which provides high output (9kW maximum) and large capacity (a supply of 235kWh). Toyota has also designed the system for potential use as an emergency power source in disaster situations.
The Sora includes 10 high-pressure hydrogen tanks (with a nominal working pressure of 70MPa), offering an internal volume of 600 liters.