With the aim of achieving carbon neutrality, Toyota is pushing a lot on ; use of hydrogen . Alongside the Fuel Cell solutions, the Japanese carmaker is also working on hydrogen-powered combustion engines . And in this regard, Toyota has just presented a prototype of the GR Yaris equipped with a hydrogen engine. The brand explains that & egrave; The same powertrain that today is used was used. present on the experimental Corolla Sport which is competing in the Super Taikyu series in Japan.
NOT THE TECHNOLOGY? STILL READY Toyota's process and vehicle refueling are the same as found in the Mirai. As mentioned above, this prototype does not use a Fuel Cell system . Instead, we find a 1.6-liter in-line 3-cylinder G16E-GTS turbocharged internal combustion engine (that of the GR Yaris) with modified fuel supply and injection system adapted to the use of hydrogen.
The manufacturer points out that it started developing hydrogen engines in 2017. This technology, however, is not; still ready for commercialization . A technical solution which, however, is giving good results on the Corolla and which has the advantage of being very clean since the exhaust emissions are almost nil .
The automaker also says that using this technology, & egrave; possible to offer a fun driving experience, with acoustic and sensory feeling typical of internal combustion engines. Akio Toyoda , president of Toyota Motor Corporation, commented:
We have taken the first step to test and develop our hydrogen engine with the mindset; to face the challenge. I guess things will look a little different in 10 years and I hope that people will look back and see how we approached the challenge with positivity, enjoying every moment.
The development of hydrogen engine technology continues in Japan through the competitions where & egrave; engaged the prototype of the Corolla. After all, motorsport is; the ideal place to put the new technical solutions to the whip.
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