Use hydrogen to power the fuel cell of small urban vehicles, as is the case with scooters and motorcycles This is nothing new, as the French startup Mob-ion has already shown. However, Toyota is taking this concept a little further. Greater awareness of environmental problems, the progressive elimination of combustion engines in Europe and in some large Asian countries, and high gasoline prices are leading manufacturers to develop alternative drive systems. Hydrogen is a solution that has been around for many years and seems to be the right one for high tonnage vehicles and also for lighter electric vehicles. Toyota is one of the manufacturers that has promoted this fuel the most and now presents a solution that tries to democratize this technology.
What the images and video that the Japanese company has published show may seem like an elegant battery pack from afar, but it is not. It is a ccylindrical hydrogen container capable of powering devices in a wide range of applications. They are specifically designed to be used on a daily basis, in the same way that propane tanks are used. According to Toyota, they can supply enough power to run a household microwave for three to four hours.
To develop this concept, Toyota partnered with its subsidiary company Woven Planet Holdings which was previously the Research Institute for the brand. Each pot measures about 16 inches long inches tall and 7 inches in diameter. Your weight will be around five kilograms. Given their size and weight, they can be transported to the vehicle or device to be recharged. With the hydrogen that they can store inside, there would be enough energy for two days.
In terms of mobility, its most interesting use is in electric motorcycles and scooters, at least in theory. While Toyota does not specify this use explicitly, it does state that hydrogen canisters can be used in a multitude of applications. Consequently, it would not be surprising if sooner or later the Japanese company were to partner with a motorcycle manufacturer intending to use hydrogen in future motorcycles.
All this approach results in an interesting perspective for mobility in cities, but Toyota still has some obstacles to overcome. Today, most hydrogen is generated alongside fossil fuels and is often used as a refining agent for petroleum products, significantly lowering its level of sustainability. However, Toyota claims that, in the future, hydrogen will be a fuel virtually carbon free since its generation will be carried out from sources of renewable energy becoming a much cleaner and more sustainable alternative to fossil fuels.