Two of the biggest names in motorcycling are joining forces to work on a hydrogen-powered engine. While electric motorcycles and scooters seem to be getting a lot of attention of late there’s still work to be done to investigate the viability of hydrogen powered motorcycles.
That’s why Kawasaki and Yamaha are collaborating with Mazda, Subaru and Toyota to work on the development of an internal combustion engine that’s powered by the magic gas.
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More specifically, the five key players have entered into an agreement which will see them a work towards a goal of carbon neutrality. They will be focusing their efforts on expanding the options for fuel production, transportation and use, working across three key initiatives. Kawasaki’s actually been messing about with
hydrogen for years. Back in 2010, Kawasaki Heavy Industries saw hydrogen as a next-generation energy source, and since then it has been developing the technology for the production, transportation and use of hydrogen across its supply chain.
In fact, the Japanese giant is in the middle of verification tests for the transportation of hydrogen, with plans in place to transport hydrogen using its world’s first hydrogen carrier. In contrast, Yamaha’s looking at developing hydrogen engine technology for use in its two-wheeled vehicles. At this stage we don’t know how they’re getting on.
It’s also worth noting that Honda and Suzuki are expected to join the project in the not-too-distant future. We’ll be keeping a close eye on how this develops as the automotive world (and beyond) looks to find a way of ending its reliance on fossil fuels.
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