Toyota has announced its groundbreaking hydrogen combustion engine, a potential game-changer in the automotive industry that offers an alternative to the growing all-electric trend, according to a recently released video from car enthusiast platform Car Maniacs titled “Toyota CEO: ‘This New Engine Will Destroy The Entire EV Industry!'”
The technology, part of Toyota’s diversified carbon neutrality approach, aims to provide energy security, improve air quality, and minimize environmental impact.
The hydrogen combustion engine is an integral component of Toyota’s “Beyond Zero” campaign, with the GR Corolla H2 as its flagship prototype.
The Corolla Cross H2 concept car is equipped with a 1.6-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine that runs on hydrogen.
By using armored fuel tanks to store highly flammable hydrogen, the car can travel up to 300 miles on just 5 kilograms of hydrogen, producing only 50 liters of water as a byproduct, according to the video.
Toyota is collaborating with Yamaha Motor to develop a hydrogen-fueled V-8 engine capable of producing 455 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque.
The new engine emits significantly less CO2 and noxious gases than traditional gasoline-powered vehicles, making it more environmentally friendly.
Additionally, the hydrogen engine does not require as many rare metals like lithium and nickel, crucial in manufacturing electric vehicle batteries.
One of the key advantages of hydrogen-powered cars is their higher range and faster refueling times compared to electric vehicles.
The GR Yaris H2 refuels in just 90 seconds, reducing the need for limited-supply materials.
The Japanese government has ambitious plans for hydrogen technology, aiming to have 200,000 fuel cell-powered vehicles on the road by 2025 and 800,000 by 2030, with an increase in refueling stations planned nationwide.
Toyota’s hydrogen engine is currently undergoing real-world evaluation and winter road condition testing in northern Japan.
As this new technology becomes more widely available, it could revolutionize the automotive industry and provide a greener, more efficient alternative to traditional combustion engines and electric vehicles.
Here’s a list of all the ways Toyota’s hydrogen engine technology is superior to EVs, according to Car Maniacs:
- Faster refueling times: Hydrogen-powered vehicles like the GR Yaris H2 can be refueled in just 90 seconds, compared to the longer charging times for EVs.
- Longer range: Hydrogen vehicles often have a larger driving range than EVs, with the Corolla Cross H2 concept car able to travel up to 300 miles on 5 kilograms of hydrogen.
- Smaller battery: The hydrogen engine requires a smaller battery than EVs, reducing the demand for rare metals such as lithium and nickel, which are crucial for EV battery production.
- Lower emissions: Hydrogen combustion engines emit significantly less CO2 and noxious gases than traditional gasoline vehicles, and produce water as their only byproduct.
- Energy security: By diversifying energy sources and utilizing hydrogen technology, Toyota aims to provide better energy security in the automotive industry.
- Scalable infrastructure: Hydrogen refueling stations can integrate well with traditional gas stations, making it easier to scale up the infrastructure as the technology becomes more widespread.
- Potential for renewable hydrogen production: Hydrogen can be produced using renewable energy sources, further reducing the environmental impact of the technology.
Watch Car Maniac’s video below: