Automotive group Stellantis is engaged on hydrogen combustion engines as one in every of 4 different options to zero-emissions driving, stated CEO Carlos Tavares as reported by Autocar.
The carmaker is working to diversify the sorts of powertrains which might be usable beneath the decarbonisation guidelines laid out by the European Union, and Tavares criticised legislators for his or her ‘brutal’ strategies in transferring carmakers away from fossil fuels and directing them in direction of EVs, and Stellantis is diversifying its powertrain choices for individuals who wrestle with EV charging.
“The true competitors is beginning between gasoline cell, EVs, hydrogen inner combustion engines and even artificial fuels. We’ll see within the subsequent few years what will be one of the best answer for the residents,” Tavares stated.
The CEO didn’t reveal which fashions within the group’s product line-up can be bought with hydrogen combustion engines, nevertheless Stellantis already has the K0 vary of mid-size vans on sale with a alternative of hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain, in line with Autocar.
Combustion engines powered by hydrogen and artificial fuels are being promoted by European producers and suppliers, and to that finish a consortium named the Hydrogen Engine Alliance was fashioned to champion the case for inner combustion engines.
The Hydrogen Engine Alliance is comprised of OEMs together with Daimler Truck, Claas, Isuzu, JCB and MAN, together with suppliers together with Bosch, BorgWarner and Dana, studies Autocar.
Hydrogen combustion powertrains have additionally been trialled by Toyota, with the Hiace Hydrogen Prototype that was introduced final month for a buyer pilot programme that begins in Australia.
Earlier than that, the Corolla Cross Hydrogen Idea was proven at GIIAS 2023, showcasing high-pressure hydrogen direct injection expertise that has been tailored for the 1.6 litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine from the GR Corolla, a model of which in a Corolla Sport has completed a five-hour endurance race in Japan.
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