According to khabarkhodro,The hydrogen models would use
Toyota's combustion engine.
The Toyota Corolla GR will finally arrive in late 2022,
according to a rumor published by Forbes. Plus, the brand will launch
hydrogen-powered versions of the Prius and Corolla in the coming years, the
same report claims.
The Corolla GR (rendered below) will allegedly adopt the
1.6-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine and all-wheel-drive system from
the European-market GR Yaris. This mill pumps out 257 horsepower (192
kilowatts) and 266 pound-feet (360 Newton-meters) of torque. The Corolla is
reportedly coming with a five-door hatchback body.
A previous rumor from Japan indicated the Corolla GR
could have 296 horsepower (221 kilowatts) from a tuned version of the 1.6-liter
three-cylinder. The power would allegedly run through a six-speed manual.
The Forbes report also claims that a version of Toyota's
hydrogen-fueled combustion engine is entering production. The weird powerplant
is not a traditional fuel cell; it actually uses hydrogen to fuel the
combustion. According to Toyota, this setup emits close to zero CO2 and some
The new Prius will allegedly arrive in December 2022,
according to Forbes. It'll be available with a 1.8-liter gasoline engine with
hybrid assistance. Later, a hydrogen-powered PHEV would join the range.
A Corolla using just the hydrogen-fueled combustion
engine is also allegedly coming in 2023.
What's not clear is how Toyota intends to tackle the lack
of a hydrogen refueling infrastructure for these vehicles. The US Department of
Energy's Alternative Fuels Map only shows there being publicly available
hydrogen locations in California in the US. A handful of sites are in Canada.
Even if these hydrogen models only turn out to be niche
products, Toyota is also finally getting serious about EVs. The first one will
be the bZ4X that goes on sale in early 2022. The company will have a family of
seven bZ models on sale by 2025.