This Toyota GR Yaris prototype hides a new twist on hydrogen power

Japanese auto big Toyota has launched pictures of its newest hydrogen-powered creation. No, it’s not a hydrogen gasoline cell automobile (HFCEV) just like the modern new Toyota Mirai. As you’ll be able to see, Toyota has outfitted its sensible GR Yaris scorching hatch with a easy ol’ inner combustion engine, however this time it runs on hydrogen as a substitute of fossil gasoline.

Toyota’s experience in hybrid-electric automobiles is worthy of reward, however the automaker is a bit late to the battery-electric occasion. Toyota has lengthy argued towards the notion of battery electrical automobiles changing into the holy grail of zero-emissions driving, arguing that “till renewable power turns into extra broadly accessible, BEVs received’t be a silver bullet for slashing carbon emissions.”

Nonetheless, the carmaker is just not towards electrification per se (it lately unveiled the bZ4X electrical crossover), and it needs to broaden its choices by adopting hydrogen as the long run gasoline of standard inner combustion motors.

Final April, Toyota launched a Corolla hatchback for endurance racing, significantly at Japan’s 2021 Tremendous Taikyu 24 Hour Endurance Sequence. However not like a typical Corolla, it got here with a gasoline engine that sips hydrogen, offering the “automobile feeling” that all of us love (full with the requisite engine noises and vibrations) however with considerably fewer emissions.

Sure, not like the Mirai and its hydrogen gasoline cell powertrain, Toyota’s hydrogen ICE engine is just not a 100-percent zero-emissions automobile. In response to the automaker, the automobile emits some dangerous gasses because the engine burns hydrogen and oxygen from ambient air. Nonetheless, the emissions are considerably lower than customary gasoline or diesel vehicles. As well as, the gasoline is 100-percent hydrogen and has zero fossil gasoline content material.

It’s basically the identical deal in Toyota’s hydrogen-powered GR Yaris. It has a revised 1.6-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine with a modified injection system. And based mostly on Toyota’s hydrogen Corolla endurance racer, we determine it’ll sound like a real scorching hatch, too.

The prototype continues to be present process real-world and digital testing as we converse, and don’t anticipate a hydrogen-sipping ICE engine in new Toyota automobiles arriving quickly. Toyota claims its newest hydrogen expertise received’t be accessible for industrial manufacturing till the following couple of years. Nonetheless, rumors are ripe of a next-gen Prius outfitted with the identical hydrogen ICE motor debuting within the subsequent two or three years, so maintain on to your hats.

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