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Toyota 'hits the hammer', defends combustion engines and says it will not stop producing: The future of internal propulsion and the pressure of a sustainable world

Written by Roberta Souza
Published 27/05/2024 às 17:01
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Toyota, carbon and the centuries-old trajectory of combustion engines: Toyota sees new horizons with the use of hydrogen!

According to automotive news, Toyota, known for its innovation and quality, reaffirms its commitment to combustion engines. As the automotive world increasingly turns to electric vehicles, the Japanese automaker maintains its conviction that piston engines still have a lot to offer.

A Toyota, with its solid reputation and constant innovation, is one of the largest car manufacturers in the world. According to the Forbes Global 2000, in 2022, Toyota recorded a profit of US $ 28,15 billion and an impressive market value of US $ 237,73 billion. This Japanese giant leads the ranking among automakers, standing out for its excellence in sales, profits, assets and market value.

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However, the pressure to adopt eletric cars is increasing. Developed countries and international agreements are driving this change. Electric vehicles offer the promise of a lower environmental impact, especially when combined with renewable energy. Sustainability is the keyword here: not only minimizing environmental impact, but also ensuring economic viability and social responsibility.

The problem isn't the engine, it's the carbon

Tomoya Takahashi, director of Gazoo Racing, explains: “It's not the engine that's bad, it's the carbon that's bad.” He's right. The real villain is not the engine itself, but rather the CO² emissions resulting from the burning of fossil fuels, such as gasoline and diesel. Toyota recognizes that the challenge is to reduce these emissions and find cleaner alternatives.

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Hybrid technology and the future of combustion engines

Toyota is not stuck in time. It invests in hybrid technology to combine the best of both worlds. By combining combustion engines with electrical systems, it is possible to reduce carbon emissions. Furthermore, the automaker is exploring the use of carbon-neutral fuels, such as e-fuel or biofuel. These solutions can keep combustion engines in production, as long as they achieve an environmental balance.

Hydrogen as an alternative for Toyota

This is where hydrogen comes in. Toyota is testing the burning of hydrogen in its engines, a process similar to that of the controversial HHO and HH2. Imagine gaseous hydrogen being used like CNG or LPG. This would allow combustion engines to continue their centuries-old trajectory, now with a cleaner footprint. However, there are challenges, such as nitrogen oxide emissions and hydrogen storage.

High-performance cars and the unknown of hydrogen

For high-performance cars, Toyota is not yet sure whether hydrogen-fueled engines will be suitable for the track. Security is a concern. Meanwhile, the automaker is also considering the use of synthetic fuels, a strategy already adopted by Porsche in Brazil. These alternatives could be the key to extending the life of combustion engines.

In short, Toyota is not ready to abandon the combustion engine. She believes that, with innovation and environmental responsibility, these engines can continue to be part of our automotive future. And who knows, maybe they’ll even get a new nickname: “the asphalt veterans”.

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