Toyota: Accelerating Bus Electrification Toward Achieving Carbon Neutrality – Press Release


– Isuzu and Hino to Begin Production of BEV Flat-floor Route Buses in FY2024
– Isuzu, Hino, and Toyota to Begin Study for Planning and Development of Next-generation FCEV Route Bus

TOKYO, Feb 28, 2022 – (JCN Newswire) – Isuzu Motors Limited (Isuzu), Hino Motors, Ltd. (Hino), and Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announced today that they plan to strengthen their efforts to electrify buses toward the achievement of carbon neutrality by 2050. In collaboration with Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies Co., Ltd., which works to solve social issues through the spread of CASE technologies, we will expand our lineup to increase customer options and reduce vehicle cost, in addition to popularizing practical and sustainable electric vehicles.

1. Isuzu and Hino to begin production of BEV flat-floor route buses in FY2024

– Toward the realization of a decarbonized society in 2050, Isuzu and Hino plan to begin production of battery electric vehicle (BEV) flat-floor route buses* in 2024 at Isuzu-Hino joint venture J-Bus Ltd.

– Isuzu and Hino have been collaborating in the bus business since 2002 and have been precisely responding to the requirements of bus operators in Japan. Recent rapid moves toward carbon neutrality are heightening the need for zero-emission route buses, and Isuzu and Hino intend to respond to that need.

– The BEV flat-floor route bus planned for production start in FY2024 will be developed by Isuzu, and the adoption of a BEV powertrain, which will provide zero CO2 emissions during vehicle use, is aimed at contributing to the realization of a decarbonized society. Also, toward achieving zero onboard accidents, by taking advantage of the freedom of layout afforded by BEVs, the flat-floor area of the bus’ interior can be greatly expanded compared to conventional non-step buses, significantly improving travel safety.

2. Isuzu, Hino, and Toyota to begin study for the planning and development of next-generation FCEV route bus

– Additionally, Isuzu, Hino, and…