July 23, 2024

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Toyota Developing Fuel-Cell Auto Technology To Leave EVs Behind

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The Chinese industry is monopolizing the production of EVs, while in America we try to overtake them with the same technology. However, Japan has just taken a step forward with a new generation of engines that has the experts in shock. The reason? You may be familiar with them: they only emit water vapor, they are combustion engines, and they will lead the mobility of the future sooner than you think.

Goodbye to EVs (also in America) with this new technology that Toyota is developing

Toyota has been very active with hydrocarbon technology, particularly with fuel cell technology, and has placed itself in a strategic position to lead in the provision of eco-friendly drives. Recent examples include the diverse patent portfolio and global models like the Mirai.

As you can imagine, it demonstrates the company’s dedication to the growth and enhancement of this technology. The hydrogen fuel cell system being used by Toyota takes the help of hydrogen to produce electricity (like the ammonia engine does).

Hydrogen fuel cell electric cars (FCEVs) on the other hand, emit no emissions, or greenhouse gases since the only product emitted from the tailpipe is water vapor. This makes them highly environmentally friendly and a key to the chaos of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.

Toyota, to revolutionize the roads with hydrogen: new type of fuel to beat EVs 

The principle Toyota uses to power its hydrogen fuel cell products involves the chemical reaction of the stored hydrogen on the vehicle and oxygen from the surrounding environment. It produces electricity to the electric motor which input is used to fuel the automobile.

Looking at the efficiency of this technology it stands way above internal combustion engines whereas FCEVs developed by Toyota can efficiently convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity and therefore the units can be regarded as being economical and sustainable.

Toyota company has vowed to deepen its research studies on hydrogen fuel cell technology and its enhancement to accommodate the increase in demand for clean technologies in the automobile industry, which is rapidly changing with new Chinese EVs, such as BYD or Xiaomi. 

What is Toyota trying to achieve with its first hydrogen engines? This could be the future 

Therefore, Toyota will strive to enhance and innovate use of hydrogen fuel cell technology to fulfill the emerging markets that require environmentally friendly mobility. The company is intensifying its European operations under the umbrella of the Hydrogen Factory Europe.

Even though Toyota has been among the first automakers that have started mass producing hydrogen-powered cars like the Mirai, now the company has aimed at using hydrogen fuel in heavy-duty transportation (similar to what Bosch is doing and you have recently seen). 

Toyota is also applying its fuel cell technology in different fields and markets such as Bust and trucks, railway, shipping, and electricity generation. Based on its experience and success, Toyota is working on improvements to its next-generation hydrogen fuel cell technology.

It is expected to showcase industry-leading longevity, range, and desirability with automotive-grade performance, and a much lower cost than previously seen. The new fuel cell system, which is targeted for sale in 2026, will provide a route range that is 20% farther than today and a 30 % lower cost.

These new Toyota hydrogen engines could mark a historic milestone in the search for alternative fuels, no longer conventional combustion fuels, but now EVs. It is clear that, as we try to create a zero-emission future, we must diversify the choices that carmakers make available to buyers. This bet by Japan makes it clear that there is still much to be discovered.

This article appeared in Ecoticias



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