Toyota: Ammonia engines soon? : automotive news, info, scoop

Toyota: Ammonia engines soon? : automotive news, info, scoop
Toyota: Ammonia engines soon? : automotive news, info, scoop

Thibaut Simon, Media365published on July 8

A pioneer of hybrids, the manufacturer Toyota wants to revolutionize the automobile sector with a brand new ammonia engine.

You read that right! The Japanese manufacturer’s research and development center is currently working on creating a revolutionary engine. No more electricity, hydrogen or biofuels, make way for ammonia. Hard to believe when you know the toxicity of this chemical solution.

The battle for sustainable fuel

Not a day goes by without the automotive sector having its share of surprises on renewable energy. Electric cars have taken the lead in the market. Even if the charging at the terminals is still longtechnology is ahead of its competitors. With the development of fast charging, the waiting time will soon be equivalent to that of a thermal car. On the other side, we find hydrogenwhose distribution network remains weak, or even non-existent in certain regions. Finally, Biofuels have not solved the ecological problem of production. Alternatives exist, but at what cost?

Ammonia, a false good idea?

Lithium-ion, sodium, wood batteries… the electric market continues to offer more “green” solutions. Toyota, still behind on electric, wants to go further to transform thermal vehicles. A new generation engine could see the light of day and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 90%. Ammonia could appear under the hood of your car. The liquid solution would have advantages, such as converting the existing combustion engine. But can we really believe it?

A risk of dependency?

Several questions arise regarding the development of this new method. First, Ammonia remains an irritating gas and harmful to health. Indeed, the smell released by these engines in cities could very quickly cause public health problems. Then, if development were really considered, it would be necessary to produce ammonia in large quantities. In Europe, only Germany produces… small quantities.. China (26%), Russia (10%) and the United States (10%) are the three largest producers of ammonia in the world. It is hard to believe that European manufacturers would fall back into dependence on an energy source that is far from being “ecological”.

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