Toyota built a GR Yaris powered by hydrogen

Toyota built a GR Yaris powered by hydrogen


Toyota is a well-known opponent of full electrification of cars, therefore it is actively testing all possible technologies that can significantly or completely eliminate harmful emissions.

Previously, Toyota showed a hydrogen Corolla, the car even successfully competed and finished in the Super Taikyu 24-hour endurance race. That car had a 1.6-liter three-cylinder engine modified to run on hydrogen. Now the same engine is installed in the compact Toyota GR Yaris hatchback.

The turbocharged 1.6-liter hydrogen three-cylinder engine is called the G16E-GTS and is very close to the one found in the GR Yaris. The main difference is a modified fuel system for the supply, injection and combustion of hydrogen. The fuel tanks are those from the Toyota Mirai, a production hydrogen car. The refueling process is identical for all hydrogen cars.

Unlike its gasoline relative, the hydrogen G16E-GTS is devoid of its main drawback – harmful emissions. The combustion of hydrogen produces water. Because hydrogen burns faster than gasoline, the engine is more responsive and responds faster to pressing the accelerator. However, from the point of view of motorists, the hydrogen car has another very important advantage – it retains the characteristic sound of an internal combustion engine.

Toyota says hydrogen ICE technology is in “early stages of concept development.” They started working on it only in 2017. According to the manufacturer, the hydrogen engine is not yet ready for commercial use, but the fact that they are installing it on different cars indicates their intentions rather eloquently. Toyota is opposed to full electrification of road transport and believes there are other options. More environmentally friendly and cheaper than electric vehicles.

We also advise you to watch a detailed test drive of the Toyota Yaris Cross 2021 from the FineAuto team:

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