New Toyota HYDROGEN HiAce Prototype With V6 Turbo Engine. Toyota has introduced a prototype HiAce equipped with a hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine, marking a significant step in the company’s global approach to decarbonization. The hydrogen-powered HiAce, set to undergo a customer pilot program in Australia, is part of Toyota’s commitment to various pathways for reducing carbon emissions, including investments in carbon-neutral fuels, hybrid-electric, plug-in hybrid-electric, battery-electric, and fuel-cell electric vehicles. The Australian pilot program aims to evaluate the technology in real-world conditions, with selected companies testing the fit-for-purpose commercial vehicle’s ultra-low CO2 tailpipe emissions. Toyota Australia President and CEO Matthew Callachor expressed pride in operating this pilot program, emphasizing the potential for hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engines to meet commercial customers’ practical needs while significantly reducing CO2 emissions.
The hydrogen-powered HiAce features a V6 turbo petrol engine modified to run on compressed hydrogen gas, meeting Euro VI emission standards. The prototype’s three hydrogen tanks are similar to those used in the second-generation Mirai, and Toyota plans to optimize the powertrain by improving hydrogen storage, combustion, and exploring hybrid technology. The pilot program, involving companies such as CPB Contractors for commuter and delivery-type operations, aims to fast-track the powertrain’s development. Toyota’s commitment to Australia’s hydrogen economy includes previous trials with Mirai FCEV, the establishment of a hydrogen production facility, and a Memorandum of Understanding with Hyundai Australia, Ampol, and Pacific Energy for hydrogen refueling infrastructure development. Additionally, Toyota plans to assemble fuel-cell generators at its Altona facility for distribution in Australia and New Zealand.
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