When it comes to the alternative fuels, the most talked about source of the stored ...
When it comes to the alternative fuels, the most talked about source of the stored kinetic energy that will one day replace a sticky dead dinosaur goop is electricity.
Already there are plenty of electric vehicles on the road today and they seem poised to outsell a hugely popular pickup segment in America if trends continue.
However, there is another power source that is quietly being refined as the EV gains popularity, one automaker in particular is making the biggest push for it.
The fuel would be hydrogen and the automaker would be Toyota, none other than a second largest auto manufacturer on the planet. Toyota currently sells a Mirai hydrogen vehicle in California in small numbers, mainly as the way to test the waters of the technology before offering it in larger numbers, and the Japanese automaker has also recently built the experimental semi truck.
Technically, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are electric cars, and the only difference being that the electricity is made onboard the car using the chemical reaction between positively charged hydrogen ions and the oxidizing agent rather than produced at the power plant and stored in the battery that’s quickly depleted.
YouCar recently filmed the drag race between the standard diesel semi truck and the Toyota’s hydrogen truck to see which technology is best suited for a task and found hydrogen to be the winner.
With maximum electric torque available off the line, it is really no surprise that the fuel of the future takes the W. Let is just hope truckers get to enjoy this kind of power before autonomous trucks take over.
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