This Is Yamaha’s Very First Hydrogen Concept Vehicle
January 27, 2024 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News
For a number of years, we have been aware that Yamaha is eager to explore hydrogen as a potential substitute fuel. Team Blue and Kawasaki declared their intention to collaborate on the development of hydrogen engines in January 2022. Subsequently, after a month, we discovered that Toyota was planning to collaborate on a 5-liter V8 hydrogen engine.
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Yoshihiro Hidaka, president of Yamaha, reaffirmed the company’s commitment to investigating hydrogen development as a potential substitute fuel source by July 2023.
Of course, we also can’t overlook the HySE experimental rally car that Yamaha, together with Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Toyota, contributed to constructing, especially since the 2024 Dakar Rally was just written into history.
On January 25, 2024, a future date, Yamaha formally unveiled their first-ever hydrogen-powered concept car. Drive H2 was exhibited by the company at the 2024 Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) Show in Florida.
Two 25-liter high-pressure hydrogen fuel tanks are needed for operation. One of the tanks is located beneath the driver’s seat, while the other is in the back of the car. It is based on the Drive2 Concierge 4 personal golf vehicle that is now available for purchase from Yamaha Golf-vehicle Company, a division of Yamaha Motor Corporation.
Naturally, the growth of hydrogen vehicles in any area will depend on the infrastructure being in place to support them. People who are interested in any form of electric car have also encountered that in recent years.
Yamaha Drive H2 – Rear Right Angle View
What About Motorcycles Powered by Hydrogen?
Although Yamaha has stated that it is interested in investigating the potential of hydrogen power for applications beyond low-speed golf cars (or golf carts), it appears that Suzuki and Kawasaki are the only two businesses that have unveiled designs for hydrogen-powered two-wheeled vehicles thus far.
Remember that January is still early. There are still 11 months remaining in the year, and a lot may happen in a short amount of time.
We’ll be sure to keep you informed when additional details regarding upcoming car innovations become available.