The triumvirate marked two directions in this area. One is to develop battery-powered buses in the short term as a competitive alternative to internal combustion-powered buses. Co-developed buses are expected to roll off the production line as early as 2024 under the name J-Bus. The other direction is the production of hydrogen cell electric buses, which are expected to be the next step in this collaboration.

However, the joint venture between the three companies will cover not only passenger vehicles but also hauliers. Accordingly, Toyota, Hino and Isuzu will jointly develop and manufacture electric and hydrogen fuel cell trucks. Toyota is already active in the field of hydrogen cell buses, just think of the Sora city bus, which is already powered by the Portuguese CateanoBus H2. In a city bus called City Gold. The fuel cell powertrain is also unknown to Hino, as a three-axle truck designed for Profia Fuel Cell was introduced two years ago.

Little is known about the bus, which will go into series production in 2024. What is certain is that Isuzu will build on a chassis that includes an electric driveline. Later, it is likely that variants tailored to the needs of long-distance and long-distance transport will be developed for this purpose.

One of the key benefits of the collaboration will be that both battery-powered and hydrogen fuel cell buses will use the same components. This is expected to appeal to operators as well. For the Japanese trio, this means important cost reductions, which could ultimately be reflected in the final price of environmentally friendly buses and trucks.

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