Making hydrogen motorcycles is bloody expensive; combine this fact with the staggering price of getting a brand new hydrogen machine running, and it’s no wonder our Big Four have decided they’re better off sharing the financial load in the hydrogen lab, next-door, together.
The merge is a big decision; sanctioned and stamped by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Japanese quartet are now legally bound as one – cue the wedding bells – to develop “hydrogen-powered engines for small mobility.
It’s all in the bid to build a decarbonized society, folks.
Meet “HySE” (or “Hydrogen Small mobility & Engine technology”), the newest – and biggest – technological research association (TRA) dedicated to hydrogen-powered motorcycles, drones, mini cars and watercraft.
A long-time contender in the hydrogen supply business who will be using banked knowledge to help “HySE” as “HySTRA” (its complicated – and even the press release certain aspects are “still under progress”).
The biggest task on the agenda for these four – now six – multiconglomerate giants is to find a solution to a motorcycle’s “limited fuel tank capacity.” It’s a problem that will likely see itself out the door in no time flat with the scads of muscle and finances backing HySE’s every move.
“We are extremely pleased to announce the planned formation of the association,” comments Kenji Komatsu, the Chairman nominee of HySE (and Executive Officer of Yamaha’s Technical Research & Development Center).
“There are many challenges in the development of hydrogen-powered engines, but we hope to see the association’s activities advance the fundamental research in order to meet those challenges.”
“We are committed to this endeavor with a sense of mission to preserve the use of internal combustion engines, which epitomize the long-time efforts that our predecessors have invested.”
Wishing HySE the best of luck in this new venture; at the very least, we’ll have a decenty priced (Honda) power-puncher (Kawasaki) sporting affordable parts (Yamaha) and an homage to the tradition of revelling-in-the-redline (Suzuki), right?
Stay tuned as the hydrogen hype continues into 2023, and let us know your comments below.