Being commissioned by Toyota Motor Corporation, the partnership will look to develop a five-litre hydrogen internal combustion engine that can then be used within multiple vehicles in Japan.

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This is a promising move for the Japanese hydrogen industry with the country aiming to advance its hydrogen technologies and support net-zero emission targets set out by the Government.

Should this be developed and is successful, Japan could see a surge in [popularity for hydrogen-fuelled vehicles and bolster its overall hydrogen economy creating demand for the clean energy carrier.

The unit is based on the five-litre engine in the Lexus RC F luxury sport coupe, with modifications made to the injectors, cylinder heads, intake manifold, and more, and delivers up to 450 hp at 6,800 rpm and a maximum 540 Nm of torque of at 3,600 rpm.

Yoshihiro Hidaka, President of Yamaha Motor, said, “We are working toward achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

“At the same time, ‘Motor’ is in our company name and we accordingly have a strong passion for and level of commitment to the internal combustion engine.

“Hydrogen engines house the potential to be carbon-neutral while keeping our passion for the internal combustion engine alive at the same time.

“Teaming up with companies with different corporate cultures and areas of expertise as well as growing the number of partners we have is how we want to lead the way into the future.”

North American Hydrogen Summit 

H2 View is taking its events platform to America’s original clean hydrogen hub of California. Together with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), we will stage our North American Hydrogen Summit in San Francisco on July 14-15.

As our summit theme Building Bridges: Hydrogen hubs and investment suggests, the event will explore the $8bn of funding announced to create at least four regional hydrogen hubs in the US. These hubs will turbo-charge the nation’s progress toward heavy trucking and industrial sectors that run without producing carbon pollution – and they may just provide the path forward to a hydrogen-fuelled future.

With California and Texas vying to be America’s hydrogen capital today, where are the hubs of tomorrow? Further still, what can other states, and countries, learn from California’s success story? And how can we build bridges to a successful flow of international investment?

Full information about this event including attendance and sponsorship packages can be found here.