Hydrogen ICE Vehicles


Hydrogen ICE Vehicles are being developed by several major Auto Makers. What is Hydrogen ICE some may ask? Well it certainly is not 'Ice' cubes made of hydrogen, ICE is an anagram Internal Combustion Engine.

"Hydrogen internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles present much of the same promise as hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs): reduced reliance on imported oil and reduced carbon dioxide emissions. Proponents envision hydrogen ICE as a bridging technology from gasoline vehicles to hydrogen FCVs. This paper examines the hydrogen ICE technology, focusing on relevant aspects such as power, fuel economy, tank size, and the state of the technology. An economic analysis is then performed to examine the potential implications of widespread adoption of hydrogen ICE vehicles in the United States. "

"The case for hydrogen ICE depends most on key uncertainties in the evolution of vehicle and production technology, the cost of crude oil, and the valuation of carbon dioxide emission reductions. This analysis indicates that promoting hydrogen ICE vehicles may be a sensible policy goal as a transition strategy to hydrogen FCVs, but a more prudent policy would first promote gasoline-electric hybrids." - Kenneth Gillingham Stanford University Department of Management Science & Engineering - Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles: A Prudent Intermediate Step or a Step in the Wrong Direction?

Renault Driving On Hydrogen ICE With New Concept Car

Renault knows how to amaze its public. It is famous for the most original and creative concept cars. Now Renault is looking at a hydrogen ICE (internal combustion engine) for a new concept car. This has to be on the top of the list of most original surprises.

I will explain why this is a surprise. The hydrogen option for cars is not very popular because of the low efficiency of hydrogen fuel cell powertrains. From wind turbines or solar panels to the wheels, you get about 22% energy efficiency with a hydrogen fuel cell as used in the Toyota Mirai. In a battery electric vehicle, this is 72%. It’s a bit more for a Tesla, a bit less for my Renault Zoe. This low efficiency is, beside the costs of the hydrogen charging infrastructure, a main reason that hydrogen is not seen as a serious alternative to battery electric powertrains by most observers.

The fuel cell is a new piece of technology that is still in its infancy, and the electric motor that is needed is not really comfortable for carmakers. It is also possible to forego the fuel cell and electric motor powertrain. Hydrogen was used as fuel in engines as long as two centuries ago. That was even before gasoline conquered the transportation world. Full Article By Maarten Vinkhuyzen at CleanTechnica

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Toyota And Hydrogen Powered ICE Vehicles

Japan is a country where the business community and Government often work in lockstep. Recently I’ve been reading about the substantial size of the workforce in Japan (5.5 million people) which relies on manufacture of the ICE (Internal Combustion Engine). Both Government and major Japanese car manufacturers have indicated that the ICE manufacturing industry is too big to fail. This is just about the only reason I can think of for Toyota (NYSE:TM) to focus on making a hydrogen powered ICE vehicle. Toyota entered a hydrogen powered Toyota Corolla ICE vehicle in a 24-hour race in June, which I thought to be eccentric, but recently Akio Toyoda, Toyota President, drove the car with fanfare stating that the company is interested in manufacturing an ICE vehicle powered by hydrogen. Full Article By Keith Williams at Seeking Alpha

China Yuchai progresses with hydrogen IC engine development

Hydrogen has so far struggled to meet its early promise as an alternative road transport fuel, but it is a subject that just refuses to go away.

Its use in hydrogen fuel cells to generate emissions-free electricity still has huge potential, but the impetus behind running internal combustion engines on it has dwindled. Interest remains, though, an example being Toyota’s development of a hydrogen-powered three-cylinder racing engine taken from the GR Yaris and used to power a specially developed Corolla Sport entered in the Fuji 24 Hours. Full Article at Engine Technology International