Toyota Motor CorporationToyota Motor Corporation and the Kumamoto Red Cross Hospital in Japan they will develop the world’s first mobile clinic powered by hydrogen fuel cellhydrogen, with the objective that it begins to work during the next summer. Both entities have set out to achieve a carbon neutral society and demonstrate the effectiveness of fuel cell electric vehicles in the field of medicine and the response measures they have in the face of disasters.
The frequency of torrential typhoons and other natural disasters has increased in recent years, causing power outages and an increased need for medical services in the areas affected by these disasters. Therefore, since last summer, Toyota has been collaborating with him Kumamoto Red Cross Hospital to study how these needs could be met. Both entities have agreed to contribute to the development of a mobile clinic FCEV that could be used to provide routine medical services while supporting natural disaster recovery activities, as well as supplying electrical power to disaster-affected areas.
Toyota’s FCEV Mobile Clinic has been developed on the basis of its Coaster minibus, and the energy source used has been the Toyota Mirai fuel cell systemToyota Mirai, the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle. On the road, the new FCEV mobile clinic does not emit CO2 or harmful substances; so only emits water vapor from its exhaust system, while offering a noise-free and vibration-free driving experience.
Thanks to the 100 VAC auxiliary outlets Incorporated in the cabin and outside, the FCEV mobile clinic is capable of supplying electricity to multiple electrical devices. It also equips a external DC power system that provides an energy supply of great power and capacity: 9 kW of maximum power and about 90 kWh of supply capacity. It should be noted that inside, the vehicle combines air conditioning with an exhaust system and a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter that improve infection control for the occupants.
The pilot tests of the FCEV mobile clinic try to achieve a sufficient energy supply in the event of a catastrophe, with a view to making effective use of the vehicle’s supply capacity in medical services and in areas affected by natural disasters. In addition, Toyota and the Red Cross Kumamoto Hospital ensure that their mobile clinic has the ability to create a new value that does not exist in current mobile clinics, and they bet on its broad potential in healthcare, not only as transport of emergency patients, but also as the electrical supply to blood donation buses and vehicles for medical examinations, the possibility of traveling to more unpopulated areas as a mobile clinic or as a mobile PCR test vehicle.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.