Toyota has developed a boat named “Ponam-28V” with a hybrid powertrain, the first of its kind in Japan. The company is giving away the boat to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government for free, in order to conduct a feasibility study of hybrid boats from July 2018 to March 2021 in Tokyo.
The Metropolitan Government will use the Ponam-28V for visits to Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games venues along the Tokyo Bay waterfront, in addition to its use for the maintenance of piers and other port facilities at the Port of Tokyo. The Ponam-28V will also be utilized for canal tours at the Port of Tokyo for Tokyo residents and visitors.
The Ponam-28V is powered by a 3.0-litre 4-cylinder engine, with an output of 256 hp at 3,600 rpm. The electric motor generates 35.5 hp and 350 Nm of torque. There’s an EV (Electric Vehicle) mode for low emissions, high fuel efficiency, and low noise levels.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will provide the hybrid boat’s operational data to Toyota, to help validate the overall performance of the hybrid system, and to verify the convenience and improvement areas of hybrid boats.
The company also makes larger Ponam-31 and Ponam-35 models.