Cars & Transportation

Ammonia Powered Vehicles

Cars & Transportation

Posted by: kidwithsmurf

11th Feb 2024 03:33pm

Toyota has recently announced they are saying goodbye to Electric and Hydrogen vehicles to focus on Ammonia powered engines for vehicles.

Do you think investing in multiple different types of engines is beneficial for the future or will it end up a huge waste of resources and time?

What are your thoughts on Ammonia powered vehicles?

Lastly, given that electric/hybrid cars are only just starting to take off globally, if another way of powering cars takes off, will we have an abundance of charging stations and electric/hybrid vehicles, like we will have fuel station?

Will companies start pushing other types of vehicles and or will the government scrap electric vehicle incentives to fund these other types, leaving early adopters of electric vehicles unable to maintain or charge their vehicles as charging stations are still few and far between?

So many questions, so many unanswered possibilities. What is everyone else's thoughts on this?

Comments 3

  • 16th Apr 2024 07:53pm

i cannot ever see ammonia being used used to power vehicles. too many problems to overcome.

  • 27th Feb 2024 04:44pm

That is interesting. I hadn't heard about Ammonia powered vehicles. Like everything else I wait until the technology settles and becomes mainstream, so I have not invested in Electric, Hydrogen or Hybrid technology for cars. In the next 10 years there will be a clear technology winner that manufacturers will adopt. It reminds me of VHS and Beta wars or LED and Plasma, back in the day.

  • 27th Feb 2024 08:13pm
That is interesting. I hadn't heard about Ammonia powered vehicles. Like everything else I wait until the technology settles and becomes mainstream, so I have not invested in Electric, Hydrogen or...

Thanks for the reply. Ammonia powered vehicles are a relatively new concept, with Toyota pushing the way.

Now, it's all good and well not to invest in Electric, Hydrogen, Hybrid, Ammonia etc vehicles just yet until we have a clear technology winner (I myself haven't invested yet). However, with talks of QLD aiming for a 100% Electric Vehicle (EVs) usage by 2036 (Only 12 years away) worries me.

If the Australian Government is looking to invest solely into EVs and build all this infrastructure and spend all this money to get rid of fuel stations and petrol/diesel powered vehicles... we will be no better off. This is because if manufacturers are already exploring alternatives such as hydrogen and ammonia powered vehicles etc, and the government has already invested in EVs and built infrastructure/charging stations, only to switch to another method, the environmental and cost factors that EVs are supposed to address will be disregarded.

We can all sit around and keep using fuel powered vehicles until a permanent solution comes about, but is it too late already? Has the Government jumped the gun on EVs before finding a more reliable and permanent solution?

It sounds like to me, that we could have a slew of unchargeable/unusable cars, unusable charging stations/infrastructure/fuel stations etc which will make the switch to a more cost effective and more environmentally friendly solution to vehicles already null and void.

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