Toyota, led by its motorsports enthusiast CEO, is experimenting with novel ways to incorporate fun into driving while minimizing environmental impact. Toyota is reportedly testing a Corolla Cross H2 Concept with a hydrogen-powered racing engine. The engine was borrowed from the company’s GR Corolla H2 endurance racer. The engine is similar to the one found in the Toyota GR Corolla and GR Yaris, being a 1.6-liter 3-cylinder turbo engine that sends 300 horsepower to all four wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The engine in the Corolla Cross H2 Concept, on the other hand, features high-pressure hydrogen direct injection technology. Toyota can increase power by 24% and torque by 33% using this technology.
It also enables the company to increase driving range by approximately 30% and reduce refuelling time from 5 minutes to 1.5 minutes. The goal of the Corolla Cross H2 is to commercialize a retrofit kit that can be installed on any vehicle.
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Toyota is a strong supporter of hydrogen-powered vehicles, despite the fact that the lack of refuelling infrastructure has been a major impediment to the company’s adoption of this technology.
Toyota hopes to increase interest in hydrogen-powered vehicles by incorporating this technology into one of its most popular crossovers.