“Some of our most passionate customers want even more adventure,” Lexus announces this concept version of a carbon neutral off-road buggy, or the Recreational Off-highway Vehicle (ROV). Not on batteries, not even with a fuel cell, but with a hydrogen combustion engine. This way you can still have some fun without your ecological conscience gnawing at you too much.
Lexus does not give technical details about this nice cart, but we do see that some style features of the brand have been transferred to the body. For example, the angular panels and light signature match what you see on the latest models of the luxury brand from Toyota.
Vroom vroom without a cough cough
A hydrogen combustion engine is not the most energy-efficient solution in terms of propulsion, after all, you first have to create the hydrogen, which already requires a lot of energy, and then burn it with an efficiency of barely 30 percent. But it is a way to keep the combustion engine alive and also the sensations that the plosive engine entails, without CO2 coming out of the exhaust.
Toyota is already racing a Corolla with the 1.6 liter three-cylinder from the GR Yaris, but then on hydrogen, which already produces as much power as on regular petrol. In addition, ways are being explored to produce hydrogen in a portable form, with power paste as the best-known/recent example, to make it easier to refuel H2 vehicles on the road. These are all developments that should ensure that we can each do our own thing in terms of mobility in a (hopefully) carbon neutral future, without too many restrictions.