Jakarta (Antara) – Toyota Motor Corp. is testing a vehicle powered by a hydrogen engine in Australia, making it the Japanese automaker’s first trial of an eco-friendly car on public roads for commercial use.
In trials running from late October to January, a specially modified van from Toyota’s HiAce series was used by local construction and security companies to ensure the vehicle’s handling capability and durability on suburban Melbourne roads.
The move comes as Toyota tries to popularize hydrogen as a more environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuels.
In May, Toyota entered a car with a liquid hydrogen engine in a 24-hour endurance race in central Japan, making it the first car in the world to participate in an official race.
“The testing of the HiAce vehicle, which will use hydrogen gas in Australia, aims to advance the proven hydrogen engine technology towards practical application through motorsport,” Toyota said in a press release.
Hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles already in commercial use are powered by electric motors, while cars with hydrogen engines are said to have the advantage of having many parts in common with petrol cars.
Australia is a country rich in hydrogen and is also active in the use of this energy source. It was broadcast by Kyodo on Saturday (11/11).
Reporter: Fathur Rochman
Editor: Sati Zulekha
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