Neither electric, nor hydrogen nor gasoline. The real alternative will be the ammonia engine

The motor industry is constantly evolving, seeking alternatives to fossil fuels to reduce emissions and combat climate change. In this context, electric vehicles seem to be the most popular and promising option, but Toyota has a different vision. The Japanese company is developing a new ammonia engine that could revolutionize the way we move.

Ammonia is the future, or at least that’s what Toyota says…

Toyota’s recent announcement of an ammonia engine developed in collaboration with Chinese state-owned manufacturer GAC Group could be a turning point in the industry and altering course in the electric vehicle revolution. This ammonia engine has the ability to generate a large amount of energy without emitting polluting gases, which is an advantage over conventional internal combustion engines.

Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota, has stated that this Ammonia engine could be a real alternative to electric cars, hydrogen and synthetic fuels. This statement has generated great excitement in the automotive industry and has sparked the interest of many technology and environmental experts.

The uses of ammonia

Until now, ammonia has been used mainly as fertilizer and in the chemical industry, but Toyota is investigating its use as a vehicle fuel. Ammonia is a hydrogen-rich energy sourcemaking it an attractive option for those looking for an alternative to fossil fuels.

One of the advantages of the ammonia engine is that can take advantage of existing internal combustion engines, which means that it would not be necessary to develop new infrastructure for its use. This is especially relevant in countries where charging infrastructure for electric cars is limited.

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Toyota’s ammonia engine also offers excellent performance. According to the studies carried out, this engine is capable of producing power comparable to that of a conventional gasoline enginewhich means that vehicles equipped with this technology will not lose performance and will be able to satisfy the needs of the most demanding drivers.

Besides, ammonia has a high energy density, which means it can be easily stored and transported. This advantage would solve one of the main challenges of electric cars, which is the limited autonomy of the batteries.

It’s not all lights…

However, the development of an ammonia engine is not without challenges. One of the main problems is the emission of nitrogen oxides (NOx), which are highly polluting. Toyota is working on solutions to reduce these emissions and make the ammonia engine cleaner and more environmentally friendly.

Another issue to take into account is ammonia production. Currently, it is produced from natural gas, which is a fossil fuel. In this sense, Toyota is investigating other production sources, such as water electrolysis or carbon capture, to make the process more sustainable.

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Multitechnology

This commitment to the ammonia engine is part of Toyota’s strategy of betting on multi-technology. The company does not want to depend exclusively on a single technology, but is exploring different options to find the most efficient and sustainable solution.

Will we see this technology also exported to the two-wheeled segment?

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