The sale of hydrogen fuel cell (HFCEV) passenger vehicles continues to grow, with 2021 sales nearly double those in 2020. True, most HFCEVs are sold in California, where the infrastructure is becoming more robust. In 2020, the average retail price for a consumer HFCEV was $58,000, although many purchasers were eligible for about $12,000 in tax credits. With so many consumers excited to invest in cleaner energy, it was only a matter of time until innovators took it to the next level and produced a combustion engine that runs entirely on hydrogen fuel.
In February 2022, Toyota and Yamaha announced a partnership in which they are developing a hydrogen-fueled 5.0-liter V8 engine for the consumer market. Carmakers understand that consumers value clean and efficient energy. Yet, a significant portion of vehicle owners loves the rev of the engine that you simply don’t get in a battery-electric car or truck. That’s all about to change.
The hydrogen combustion engine Toyota and Yamaha are working on uses the same type of engine currently powering the Lexus RC F sports coupe. Of course, they’ve made many modifications to run entirely on hydrogen fuel instead of gasoline. Prototype tests reveal powerful results–449bhp at 6800rpm and 398lb-ft at 3600rpm. The hydrogen burns clean and emits no harmful carbon emissions into the atmosphere.
Takeshi Yamada, an engineer with Yamaha, had this to say about the new engines:
“Hydrogen engines have an innately friendly feel that makes them easy to use even without resorting to electronic driving aids. Everyone who came to test drive the prototype car would start off somewhat skeptical but emerged from the car with a big smile on their face at the end.”
Experts believe this could be a significant breakthrough for the United States to move away from its reliance on gasoline and diesel and switch to this clean energy alternative.
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It’s only a matter of time until a portion of your customers will need hydrogen fuel. If you’re interested in diversifying your current product mix or would like to begin a journey in the exciting future of alternative energy solutions, contact our Andretti Group PowerTap Hydrogen Team today. We’d love to show you how easy it is to be a part of the hydrogen fuel revolution.