First in Japan Hydrogen Service Vehicles! Fukuoka City and Toyota's Vision for Society


A garbage truck and ambulance that run on hydrogen made their Japan debut in Fukuoka City. In the latter half of the video, see the new Crown! Uncompromising ride comfort in an FCEV.

On March 8, Fukuoka City announced that it would become the first in Japan to begin using an FCEV (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle) garbage truck and start testing an ambulance. On that day, both vehicles were unveiled with Mayor Soichiro Takashima in attendance. He proclaimed, “We will take Japan toward a hydrogen society one step at a time.”

The city is fully committed to an initiative called the Hydrogen Leader City Project. In 2015, it installed the world’s first station to supply hydrogen made from sewage. In 2022, it continued to move forward with the project, including forming an agreement with Toyota.

This time on Toyota Times News, a special on the service vehicles running on hydrogen in Fukuoka City. In a city where waste is collected late at night, how can FCEV garbage trucks be useful? Check the video to find out.

In the last half of the news, we head to the Hydrogen Energy and Mobility Summit hosted by Fukuoka Toyota. The venue is the Crown dealership, THE CROWN Fukuoka Tenjin. On site, the newest Crown Sedan FCEV was on display.

“A Crown should be a sedan.” As Chairman Akio Toyoda said, a sedan with a special meaning behind it has been made into an FCEV. The chief engineer who developed it talked about the intent behind the project, “The Crown brand must support carbon neutrality and a hydrogen society.”

At the event, SUGIZO, guitarist and violinist for popular rock bands such as Luna Sea and X Japan, made an appearance. A user of the first generation Mirai, SUGIZO talked about the possibilities of hydrogen.

Fukuoka City and Toyota are working toward a hydrogen society. Don’t miss this new step forward.