As part of an association in Japan, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Honda and Yamaha will be working together on the hydrogen engine.
The association is called HySE (Hydrogen Small mobility & Engine technology). You can see the press release here. The aim of the association is to address light mobility with hydrogen engines. This includes motorbikes and mini-cars (Kei cars in Japan), as well as engines for small boats, construction machinery and drones.
The partners will be sharing the expertise they have acquired in the field of internal combustion engines (ICE). The aim is to reach a common standard between these different brands.
They are all working together on the engine. However, some players are taking care of specific aspects, such as hydrogen storage for Yamaha and fuel injection for Kawasaki.
Kawasaki Heavy and Toyota support the association as special members. The former will drive forward HySE’s activities, based on the knowledge gained from its activities.
The initiative has received approval of METI, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
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Article written by Laurent Meillaud and translated by Logan King