Toyota’s medium-term strategy includes a commitment to hydrogen cars without leaving aside electric cars.
Toyota’s commitment to hydrogen It goes beyond a simple advertisement. The best thing: that will not mean withdrawing from the race for the electric car. In fact, the Japanese brand has been working for a few months on a new specific platform for your electric vehicleswhich will arrive in 2026 (expects to sell 3.5 million electric vehicles worldwide by 2030).
If we look back, the company’s push for hydrogen cars has a protagonist who is none other than the Toyota Mirai, the great standard bearer to achieve a fundamental role in the strategy to achieve the carbon neutrality.
What does the success of this route depend on? in the medium and long term? Obviously, as happens with the electric car, due to the development of a supply chain supply of hydrogen production and transportation at the level of needssince without these developments, an increase in volume in the use of this energy source would not be possible.
And the absence of that infrastructure, obviously, has its consequences: although Toyota was a pioneer in the market hybrid with your Priusthe company is having difficulty achieving similar success with its Mirai: it hoped to sell 30,000 units a year, but the accounts don’t add up.
Hence, a global commitment is needed to respond to the supply needs of cars with fuel cell technology. While electric vehicles can be charged at home or at public charging stations, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles require filling stations specialized which are not yet widely available.
Until that time arrives, Toyota does not stop developing this technology that can help it differentiate itself from other automakers that focus mainly on electric vehicles.
The advantages of a hydrogen car are clear: while electric vehicles have been gaining popularity, there are still some concerns about their range and charging infrastructure.
The hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, on the other hand, offer longer ranges and shorter refueling times. If Toyota can overcome some of the challenges with hydrogen fuel cell technology, it could position itself as a leader in this field.
One of the last moves will be to participate in the next Dakar with a hydrogen buggy and that would run in the ‘Mission 1000’, an experimental category for electric, hydrogen and hybrid vehicles with a parallel route meter and its own, somewhat shorter stages. and without timing.
But Toyota’s plans with hydrogen go further: they also have a hydrogen Toyota Hilux with a range of 600 km. To achieve this, they have not hesitated to use the already proven technology of the Toyota Mirai. At the moment it will not reach the market, but it perfectly indicates the Japanese brand’s commitment to this technology.