Toyota has solely simply globally revealed its Hydrogen HiAce prototype in Australia, however it’s already beginning to have a look at the place else its hydrogen combustion expertise may very well be used.
Toyota Motor Firm hydrogen manufacturing unit president Mitsumasa Yamagata instructed CarExpert the corporate is already exploring and creating hydrogen combustion expertise for bigger automobiles. This consists of automobiles like the long-lasting Toyota LandCruiser SUV.
“There are potentialities to adapt [hydrogen combustion technology] into massive automobiles, together with LandCruiser,” he instructed CarExpert by a translator.
“I stated once more, this benefit of the expertise may be utilised for these automobiles together with excessive towing and excessive loading.
“We’re finding out which automobile [will] have the acceptable expertise.”
Toyota Australia president and CEO Matthew Callachor added hydrogen remains to be a “enormous research in its personal proper” for the corporate, although a hydrogen-powered LandCruiser is “one of many potentialities, however it clearly requires vital engineering as effectively”.
When pressed once more about the opportunity of a hydrogen-powered LandCruiser, Yamagata-san confirmed the corporate has “began improvement of [the] expertise on bigger automobiles, together with LandCruiser”.
Yamagata-san added there are “no challenges” in adapting the hydrogen combustion expertise into an off-road-focused automobile because it’s “utilizing the identical standard ICE expertise”.
At this stage it’s unclear when Toyota will reveal a hydrogen LandCruiser, although the corporate did not too long ago reveal the all-electric LandCruiser SE idea at this 12 months’s Tokyo motor present, which Toyota Australia needs.
As not too long ago reported, the Hydrogen HiAce prototype is powered by a modified model of the three.4-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol provided within the LandCruiser 300 Collection in different markets, in addition to the Lexus LX 600 in Australia.
The hydrogen-fuelled V6 engine produces 120kW of energy and 354Nm of torque. That is 185kW and 296Nm lower than its petrol-fuelled counterpart.
Drive is shipped to the rear wheels by a 10-speed automated transmission.
The interior combustion engine is fed by three hydrogen gasoline tanks that just like ones used within the present Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell electrical automobile (FCEV). The Mirai has a complete hydrogen capability of 5.6kg.
Toyota claims the Hydrogen HiAce prototype has a variety of round 200km. For context, the Mirai has an NEDC claimed vary of 650km.
Few different technical particulars are recognized in regards to the Hydrogen HiAce prototype at this stage, although it does have a 1500kg towing capability and “minimal influence” on payload and inner area.
Along with porting this hydrogen-combustion expertise to bigger automobiles, Toyota claims it’s already engaged on rising the dimensions of the hydrogen storage tanks on the Hydrogen HiAce prototype, bettering combustion, in addition to exploring the opportunity of including hybrid expertise.