The partners have now started planning and basic research on hydrogen internal combustion engines.
While truck manufacturers like Daimler or the VW Traton Group are focusing on pure electromobility for the future, the Japanese car giant Toyota wants to develop hydrogen engines for heavy commercial vehicles on the way to climate neutrality. Toyota has started planning and basic research on internal combustion engines together with the commercial vehicle manufacturers Isuzu and Hino, the supplier Denso and the Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies Corporation (CJPT). They use hydrogen instead of conventional fossil diesel fuel and therefore do not emit any CO2 emissions.,
Toyota is already testing hydrogen combustion engines
The car manufacturer has been testing the technology in the Japanese Super Taikyu racing series since May 2021. However, the Japanese do not only rely on hydrogen combustion engines. Depending on the requirements, region and purpose, Toyota also develops hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles as well as purely electric cars and fuel cell models. Hydrogen engines are just another option here to minimize CO2 emissions. The car manufacturer has been testing the technology in the Japanese Super Taikyu racing series since May 2021. ,
With partner Hino, Toyota is already developing trucks that use hydrogen in combination with a fuel cell as a drive. The first prototypes have been driving in the USA since 2021. The eleven meter long truck with a total weight of 25 tons should cover 600 kilometers with one hydrogen tank filling.,
Toyota is not giving up the internal combustion engine, not even in heavy trucks. The Japanese, together with partners, also want to use hydrogen as a fuel for climate-friendly internal combustion engines in the commercial vehicle sector. Corresponding basic research has now been initiated.