Toyota has been at the cutting edge of hydrogen vehicle development and even sells hydrogen-powered vehicles in markets such as California.
They’ve also shown the technology is adaptable to heavy vehicles with a comprehensive study being undertaken in Los Angeles involving the use of hydrogen-powered trucks.
There’s also a new hydrogen-powered Toyota bus about to hit Japanese streets.
We got along and had a drive of a hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai and came away satisfied that the technology could be a big part of the future of transport.
How big? Toyota now say 20% of the worlds energy and transport needs could be met through the use of hydrogen technology by 2050.
And they say that would prevent roughly 6 gigatons of CO2 emissions.
The statement was made by Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada at a Hydrogen Council coalition meeting held in Bonn this week.
And they say not only would expanding hydrogen use be good for the environment, it could also develop $2.5 trillion (USD) of business, and create more than 30 million jobs by 2050.
“The world in the 21st century must transition to widespread low carbon energy use,” said Mr Uchiyamada, who is also the co-chair of the Hydrogen Council.
“Hydrogen is an indispensable resource to achieve this transition because it can be used to store and transport wind, solar and other renewable electricity to power transportation and many other things.
“The Hydrogen Council has identified seven roles for hydrogen, which is why we are encouraging governments and investors to give it a prominent role in their energy plans.
“The sooner we get the hydrogen economy going, the better, and we are all committed to making this a reality.”
We will keep you updated with further developments as they come to hand.
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