Beginning January 29th, Toyota's FCHV-adv hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will swing into service at Japan's Narita International Airport. By month's end, an undisclosed amount of FCHV-advs will become part of a car-service trial program with All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. and Welcome-Home Limousine Taxi Service. The FCHV-Advs will be used to transport passengers returning to Japan from Europe and the U.S.

Toyota intends to obtain and verify data from the car-service trials and will utilize this information to further the development of its fuel cell program. The vehicles will be subject to extensive highway use and tasked with multiple real-world driving situations. These trials should verify both the FCHV-adv's total range, estimated at 431 miles, and its miles per gallon equivalent, which the U.S. Department of Energy's testing pegged at 68 mpge back in 2008. Of course, Toyota's fuel-cell trials and extensive testing are aimed at advancing the automaker's development of a sedan-type FCHV set to launch in 2015 at a price of $50,000, or less. Hat tip to Roy!

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TMC FCVs to Be Trialed in Narita Airport Car-service

Toyota City, Japan, January 21, 2011-Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) plans to provide "TOYOTA FCHV-adv"* fuel-cell-hybrid vehicles to an FCV (fuel-cell vehicle) car-service trial program to start on January 29 between Narita International Airport (Narita Airport) and other destinations. The provision is in response to a request from the Research Association of Hydrogen Supply/Utilization Technology (HySUT), a participant in the Hydrogen Highway Project run by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) as part of its Demonstration Program for Establishing a Hydrogen-based Social System.

The vehicles will be used in a car service All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA) operates from Narita Airport for the Welcome-Home Limousine Taxi Service for passengers returning to Japan on flights from Europe or the U.S. and for its early morning pickup plan.

Under the same project, TMC has been providing an "FCHV-BUS" fuel-cell hybrid bus for use on a commercial route between central Tokyo and Tokyo International Airport (commonly known as Haneda Airport) since December last year.

To continue to promote the widespread use of FCVs, TMC will verify data obtained from the car-service trials (which will include highway use), and conduct ongoing research and development while actively cooperating with various organizations including the national government and the energy industry.

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