Toyota is the only automaker today to bet on hydrogen fuel cell technologies. It solves the main problem of electric cars with lithium batteries that we know today: charging time.
In fact, in a hydrogen fuel cell car, it’s easy to imagine cars capable of recharging in a few ten seconds, just like thermal cars. This size advantage has not yet succeeded in attracting manufacturers, who for reasons, primarily logistical, turned to electric cars with batteries and not with batteries.
A big difference means that the current electric car market uses only one of two known technologies to generate electricity. Faced with mistrust in other parts of the world, Toyota, which is already at the forefront of hybrid cars, is throwing heart and soul into hydrogen.
Toyota alone in the world: the coup of the century?
But why is no one following the Toyota example you tell me? The answer lies in the nature of this gas. In fact, to be used in cars like the Japanese giant wants, it has to be very cold and under high pressure. Perfect conditions so that the first problem or accident, hydrogen, which is naturally an explosive gas, cannot cause greater damage.
It is this instability of hydrogen, when it is abused, that is often put by manufacturers in turn in this solution. But once again, Toyota has probably found a solution. The brand from the eponymous town actually offers a prototype called a “cartridge”.
The latter is presented in the form of a relatively compact capsule, about 40 centimeters long and containing a large amount of hydrogen. Thanks to this solution, Toyota will be able to transfer hydrogen without the use of pipes, which can be stinging over time and complicated to maintain.
Toyota: hydrogen in our cars, but not just …
With this concept, Toyota wants to think outside the box. In fact, in its demonstration, the brand gave no default use and took the example of a microwave to get an idea of the autonomy of this capsule (3 to 4 hours of continuous use). If we suspect that this solution is only the beginning and that autonomy will only grow, it is already a demonstration of the capabilities of this capsule, apart from the field of Toyota selection.
In its press release, the brand, which half of the words presents itself as a standard-bearer of hydrogen, explains that it is aware of the bad origin of the gas. The latter is often made of fossil fuels, which does not make it “green” in the ecological sense of the term.
At this point, too, Toyota has announced that it wants to make efforts in the future. If we are only at the beginning of this story and the advancement of this new technology, the future is likely to be very interesting. In fact, we have two scenarios today.
Two options for Toyota: fall or glory
First, Toyota didn’t win its bet and the technology around hydrogen fuel cells fell into the water. This scenario runs the risk of weakening the automotive group, even to the point of lowering the colossus. But on another assumption, completely opposite, Toyota has managed to convince the car world. Its technology has evolved, it is more interesting than batteries, and the brand then has a very large technological lead over its competitors.
In both cases, Toyota’s future is entirely tied to hydrogen. The brand depends on the success of its technology or not, and the future of the group now depends on it.