Toyota has unveiled its latest prototype, a hydrogen-powered vehicle based on the Toyota HiAce model. With the first round of tests scheduled by the end of the month, the Japanese automaker is pushing the boundaries of hydrogen combustion technology, demonstrating its commitment to eco-friendly transportation solutions.

Toyota’s foray into hydrogen-powered vehicles aims to further explore the potential of the hydrogen combustion engine. Following successful tests on the Corolla and Yaris H2 models, the focus has shifted to the HiAce van. The choice of HiAce is strategic, primarily driven by considerations of seamless integration. The vehicle’s architecture facilitates the placement of hydrogen tanks under the floor, ensuring minimal impact on space and payload.

The heart of this innovative prototype is a modified V6 turbo petrol engine, adapted to run on gaseous hydrogen through a direct injection system compliant with Euro VI emission standards. Boasting 120 kW of power and 354 Nm of torque, the engine propels the rear wheels with precision, thanks to a ten-speed automatic transmission. The technology leverages Toyota’s expertise in hydrogen storage, combustion improvement, and potential hybrid integration.

Partnering with Melbourne-based CPB Contractors, Toyota plans to initiate real-world tests of the hydrogen-powered HiAce. The vehicle is set to serve as a “shuttle,” transporting employees for CPB Contractors. This practical application will offer valuable insights into the performance, efficiency, and viability of the hydrogen combustion engine in everyday use.

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