Toyota is developing the hydrogen-powered Corolla and Hilux

The Toyota Corolla Cross and the Hilux pickup truck will soon be powered by hydrogen.

Toyota first tested hydrogen-converted internal combustion engines in motorsport. The technology is now being tested on public roads.

After successful tests with hydrogen engines in motorsport, Toyota’s engineers have developed prototypes of the Corolla Cross and Hilux with hydrogen operation.

Toyota today has a hydrogen model, the Mirai. However, it does not use a hydrogen combustion engine but a fuel cell that drives an electric motor. There is a desire at Toyota to further expand the model program with more hydrogen-powered options.

The combustion engine-powered Corolla Cross H2 Concept is currently undergoing winter testing in northern Japan.

The standard three-cylinder one-liter engine has been converted to hydrogen operation, which provides more power and more torque.

An advantage of hydrogen is that existing internal combustion engines can be used and the refueling stops are quick. It is also possible to achieve higher power and stronger torque.

The disadvantage is that the number of gas stations is vanishingly small in most markets. As hydrogen operation becomes more and more common among trucks, this may change.

Toyota states that they reached about 40 percent of the way forward with the Corolla Cross H2 to a car that is ready for production.

Toyota Hilux with hydrogen drive

It is also underway with a hydrogen version of the Hilux pickup. After the turn of the year, the work to develop a car for production will begin. It will largely take place at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Ltd in England. The first prototypes will start rolling in 2023.

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