Porsche confident of running hydrogen engines ‘across the board’

Porsche Engineering is accelerating into the hydrogen space as it explores future powertrain solutions covering hybrids, electric and more efficient combustion engines.

From its six-month research, the German luxury carmaker is confident it can develop a clean, economical and sporty hydrogen engine, across the board.

Work is currently proceeding on hydrogen engines worldwide, predominantly focusing on commercial vehicles with a relatively low specific output of around 50kW per litre of displacement.

Vincenzo Bevilacqua, Senior Expert Engine Simulation at Porsche Engineering, said, “For the passenger car sector, this is insufficient. We have therefore developed a hydrogen combustion engine that aims to match the power and torque of current high-performance gasoline engines as a concept study. At the same time, we also had the objective of achieving low fuel consumption and keeping emissions at the same level as ambient air.”

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