2024 Toyota Prado Explores Hydrogen, EV, and Plug-in Hybrid Options for Future Sustainability

By August 14, 2023 2   min read  (323 words)

August 14, 2023 |

2024 Toyota Prado Explores Hydrogen EV and Plug in Hybrid Options for Future Sustainability

In a strategic effort to extend the life of the Prado into the next decade and beyond, Toyota is diligently examining more advanced powertrain options, including hydrogen fuel-cell technology (FCEV), for its new-generation 2024 Toyota Prado.

According to an industry journal report, there’s a concern within Toyota that stricter emissions regulations in various markets could jeopardize the future of the new 250 Series. To counter this challenge, the automaker is considering the introduction of diverse low or zero-emission powertrain alternatives, including plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and full battery-electric version (EV), in addition to the hydrogen option.

The TNGA-F ladder-frame platform, which underpins the Prado and several other Toyota and Lexus models, offers the flexibility to accommodate these multiple powertrains. In Australia, the 2024 Prado launch will feature a 48-volt mild-hybrid version of the existing 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder. In Europe, various four-cylinder turbo-petrol models will be offered, some with and some without electrification.

While each of the innovative powertrain options presents unique challenges and advantages, the hydrogen fuel-cell technology is of particular interest due to its long-range driving capabilities. However, the lack of refueling infrastructure and challenges with large tank packaging is an ongoing internal dilemma.

Keita Moritsu, from Toyota, acknowledged the complexities in selecting the right powertrain, noting that battery-electric power might not be suitable in certain climates. Similarly, plug-in hybrids could face local emissions standards’ issues.

The final decision regarding which ultra-low or zero-emissions powertrains will be approved for production is still pending, reflecting Toyota’s careful consideration of all factors, including market suitability and environmental impact.

This exploration by Toyota underscores the automotive industry’s shifting focus towards greener technologies, emphasizing hydrogen’s potential role in providing sustainable and adaptable solutions. The move aligns with a broader global push for innovation in the energy sector, especially in the transportation industry, where the demand for environmentally friendly alternatives is rapidly growing.



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