Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha and Kawasaki, the world’s four largest motorcycle manufacturers, decided to team up to develop hydrogen engines for their future launches.
An executive meeting from industry leaders was held in Tokyo, Japan, and sealed the birth of HySE (Micro-Hydrogen Mobility and Engine Technology) or, in free translation into Portuguese, Technology of small hydrogen engines for mobility.
Kenji Komatsu, CEO of Yamaha Motor’s Technical Research and Development Center, has been appointed President of HySE, and is optimistic about what the new partnership could mean for the two-wheeler world.
“We are very happy to announce the party. There are many challenges in the development of hydrogen-powered engines, but we look forward to seeing cooperative activities advance fundamental research to address these challenges. We are committed to this effort with a sense of commitment to preserve the use of internal combustion engines, which reflect the long-term efforts that our predecessors invested.
What will each company do at HySE?
The agreement signed between Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda and Kawasaki to develop hydrogen engines for motorcycles made clear the role that each of the major manufacturers will have to play in the new association.
According to what was explained, Honda will be responsible for part of the research on the development based on the models of the engines used by hydrogen. Suzuki will be responsible for studying aspects of the performance, performance and reliability of hydrogen-powered engines.
Yamaha, on the other hand, will be responsible for studying the requirements of the hydrogen refueling system and hydrogen tanks for limited mobility and, together with Kawasaki, to conduct practical research using real hydrogen-powered engines in their performance, performance and reliability .
Kawasaki was also tasked with studying the auxiliary equipment required for the fuel supply system and tanks, and the equipment installed between the fuel tank and the injector.