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TOYOTA HYDROGEN FUEL CELL ELECTRIC HYDROGEN EXPLAINED

Hydrogen-powered vehicles are essentially the next-generation electric vehicles. This new-age technology is powered by a chemical reaction within the fuel cells rather than through the combustion of fossil fuels. Originally developed to power space craft, fuel cells now hold the potential of wider applications.

What is hydrogen and where does it come from?

Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe and can be found in almost anything. In fact 75% of the universe’s mass is Hydrogen. It exists naturally as a molecule in nearly all living things and is a colourless, odourless non toxic gas which can be stored over long periods.

Most commonly, Hydrogen exists naturally in water and biomass and can be extracted by electrolysis using renewable resources such as wind, solar or hydro power, which is why it offers us energy diversity and continuity.

What is a fuel cell vehicle and how does it work?

A fuel cell vehicle is an electric vehicle that uses an electric motor, with electricity being produced on the spot by the fuel cell stack. Hydrogen powered vehicles are better for the environment since they emit no harmful gases or other pollutants whilst driving – only water. A new, sustainable way to travel, hydrogen can also be supplied from renewable energy resources.

The fuel cell (1) produces electricity by bonding hydrogen, stored in the tanks (2) with oxygen from outside. This powers the electric motor (3) and charges the battery (4).

What other applications does hydrogen have?

Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe and can be found in almost anything. In fact 75% of the universe’s mass is Hydrogen. It exists naturally as a molecule in nearly all living things and is a colourless, odourless non toxic gas which can be stored over long periods.

Most commonly, hydrogen exists naturally in water and biomass and can be extracted by electrolysis using renewable resources such as wind, solar or hydro power, which is why it offers us energy diversity and continuity.

Is there any future in driving hydrogen?

With continuous development and engineering, hydrogen fuel cells are emerging into the mainstream. A sustainable fuel source, expect to see hydrogen energy more and more as the network of charging stations is growing rapidly.

What ambitions does Toyota have for hydrogen?

The Toyota Hydrogen Society in Europe is changing the face of transport by moving towards a hydrogen based society. From hydrogen heated homes, to the hydrogen powered Toyota Mirai, Toyota is committed to protecting our global environment for generations to come and going Beyond Zero.