The battle of eco-friendly car is now on!
Last week, Japanese automotive manufacturer company Toyota introduces its development of a car hydrogen engine. Instead of using gasoline, the car engine will be powered by hydrogen. Interestingly, Tesla owner Elon Musk was reported as unbeliever of hydrogen for cars saying it’s a ‘stupid’ idea. Which is better among these two eco-friendly vehicles?
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The fascination of Japanese company Toyota in hydrogen has now taken into a new higher level. According to its press release in April, the company showed how a hydrogen-powered car will be operated once it runs in the track. In the video released, Toyota showcased how the vehicle powered by hydrogen sounds like a normal gasoline-powered car.
To prove this claim, the engine was installed inside a racing car based on Toyota’s Corolla Sport. In the above video, you can see that the exhaust of the engine looks nothing like a normal car exhaust. It has a circular vent with multiple holes in it. The sound, however, was very impressively-alike with a normal vehicle.
At the end of the clip, the Toyota racing driver Hiroaki Ishiura was wowed by the car saying, “it’s not as different as I expected [from a gasoline-powered vehicle]. It feels like a normal engine. [If I didn’t know otherwise] I’d probably think this is a normal engine.”
How is this eco-friendly?
Toyota has been a direct supporter of hydrogen cars for a long time now. So when the news came up that they created an engine from this material, most car experts were no longer surprised with the news.
To those who don’t know it, just like electric-powered vehicles, hydrogen cars may also contribute in reducing carbon emissions in the air. As explained by Toyota:
“Hydrogen engines generate power through the combustion of hydrogen using fuel supply and injection systems that have been modified from those used with gasoline engines. Except for the combustion of minute amounts of engine oil during driving, which is also the case with gasoline engines, hydrogen engines emit zero CO2 when in use,” cited on their press release.
Though Toyota’s hydrogen-powered cars seemed to be a great idea to preserve the planet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk thinks otherwise, based on his 2019 interview.
In a CNBC report, back in 2019, Musk said that he would never be a believer in a hydrogen-powered vehicle. In fact, he even called this many things. For example, Musk was caught calling it as “mind-bogglingly stupid,” “fool cells,” or even a “load of rubbish.” Despite that, Toyota chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada in 2017 said that his company will not give up on the idea of giving people a hydrogen-powered car, which the company has now proven.
“We don’t really see an adversary ‘zero-sum’ relationship between the EV (battery powered electric vehicle) and the hydrogen car. We’re not about to give up on hydrogen electric fuel-cell technology at all. he said at the time.
In conclusion, both ideas of electric vehicles and hydrogen-powered cars are deemed to be a successful project to save the planet from its worsening state. Whether you’re a fan of the former or latter, the endpoint is still beneficial to the Earth.