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Toyota and Alsa, Hand in Hand in Promoting the Hydrogen Society

By June 22, 2022 5   min read  (753 words)

June 22, 2022 |

Fuel Cells Works, Toyota and Alsa, Hand in Hand in Promoting the Hydrogen Society
  • Alsa starts up the first hydrogen urban bus line in Spain and one of the first in Europe with Toyota’s fuel cell technology.
  • The bus, which provides service on lines 4 and 6 in Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid), is a CaetanoBus H2 City Gold LHD, a hydrogen fuel cell electric bus using Toyota technology.

Toyota and Alsa have among their main lines of action the promotion of zero emission technologies. This coincidence of interests in promoting the hydrogen society has led Alsa to opt for Toyota’s fuel cell technology to launch the first hydrogen urban bus line in Spain and one of the first in Europe.

Lines 4 and 6 of the Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid) urban bus service already have a CaetanoBus H2 City Gold LHD, a hydrogen fuel cell electric bus with Toyota technology that the Portuguese manufacturer assembles at its bus factory in Porto.

It is a 12-metre-long bus, with an integral low floor and 100% accessible, with capacity for 78 people, 35 seated and 42 standing, plus a space reserved for people with reduced mobility. It offers more autonomy than an electric bus, around 400 kilometers, refuels in about 10 minutes and has five hydrogen tanks, located on the roof, with a capacity of 37 kilos.

The H2 City Gold LHD, which already provides service in Torrejón de Ardoz, like all vehicles manufactured by Toyota, has high safety standards, in this case thanks to systems such as rear-view mirrors with internal screen and external camera, acoustic alert when moving back, fire detection and extinguishing, hill start assistance, light and rain sensors and four video surveillance cameras. The lighting, both exterior and interior, is through LED technology.

Alsa already has a hydrogen generator at its Operations and Maintenance headquarters in Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid) to be able to recharge hydrogen in its H2 City Gold LHD. It is the first hydrogen generator in the Community of Madrid for public transport and has a load capacity of 50 kilograms per day.

Fuel Cells Works, Toyota and Alsa, Hand in Hand in Promoting the Hydrogen SocietyBeyondZero

Under its ‘Beyond Zero’ vision, Toyota wants to go beyond zero-emission vehicles, with the goal of achieving a zero-emission, hydrogen-based, connected society.

Toyota places the technologies around hydrogen in the foreground, trying to make it the main energy source of tomorrow’s society. A future society in which not only will there be no emissions, but people, buildings and vehicles will be connected in a single ecosystem. This strategy is made up of four main pillars: leadership in electrification, creating memorable experiences, contributing to creating a better society and mobility for all.

Environmental strategy “Alsa moves in green”

Alsa’s environmental strategy foresees that all its urban buses in Spain will be zero emissions in 2035 and the interurban ones in 2040. To this end, from 2030, all its bus purchases will be zero emissions.

Beyond Zero by Toyota

Toyota, with its Toyota and Lexus brands, is the world leader in the sale of electrified models, with more than 20 million electrified cars sold worldwide and  380,000 units in Spain since 1997. Toyota’s electrification roadmap, with an eye on a society without CO 2 emissions, started more than 20 years ago with the birth of hybrid technology, and since then we have continued working on that goal. This demonstrates the brand’s commitment to help achieve sustainable mobility thanks to the reduction of greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions to help positively combat climate change and a reduction in polluting gas emissions (NOx and particulate matter) that directly affect human health. In fact, NOx emissions are more than 90% lower than the limit set by current legislation, for example, in Yaris Hybrid nitrogen oxide emissions are only 6 mg / km, compared to the expected limit of 60 mg/km of Euro6 petrol cars and 80 mg/km of Euro6 diesel. Taking action to tackle climate change is a pressing issue around the world, and the promotion of low-carbon and sustainable energy has long been a major goal. For this reason, the company goes one step further to face environmental challenges, placing hydrogen technologies at the forefront and trying to make it the main energy source for tomorrow’s society. A future society in which not only will there be no emissions, but we will also go further, connecting people, buildings and vehicles in a unique ecosystem, which will give rise to a better society, with mobility for all as the axis, a mobility that goes beyond cars and is about overcoming challenges and making dreams come true. Start Your Impossible , the global corporate initiative that aims to inspire and seeks to achieve a more inclusive and sustainable society.

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