Clean vehicles could find major success in China in 2018

Clean Vehicles may find success in 2018

China is increasing its clean transportation efforts this year China has ambitious plans when it comes to launching clean vehicles in 2018. This year, the country intends to deploy a wide range of battery, hybrid, and fuel cell vehicles simultaneously. China has already established itself as the world’s leading market for clean cars and will be leveraging the momentum it has created in order to bring new vehicles to consumers. New data from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) shows that the country is well on track to accomplishing its…

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Swedish steelmaker embraces hydrogen fuel cells

Hydrogen fuel in Sweden - Swedish Flag

SSAB will be building new facility powered by hydrogen fuel cells SSAB, a leading steelmaker in Sweden, has announced its participation in a new project called HYBRIT. The project involves the use of hydrogen fuel cells to generate the electricity needed to power a steel refining facility. Like other major companies, SSAB is looking to make use of cleaner forms of energy in order to cut emissions. Currently, the company accounts for a significant portion of the carbon emissions produced in both Sweden and Finland. Facility to begin testing fuel…

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Mirai reaches new milestone in California

Mirai reaches milestone in California - California welcome sign

Toyota has sold more than 3,000 fuel cell vehicles in California Toyota has reached a new milestone with its fuel cell vehicle in California. The Japanese automaker has announced that it has surpassed 3,000 units of its Mirai sold in the state. The Mirai now accounts for more than 80% of all fuel cell vehicles in operation throughout the United States. Toyota brought the vehicle to California to take advantage of the state’s growing focus on and support for clean transportation. The state is currently home to the largest hydrogen…

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Report highlights the future growth of fuel cell vehicles

Fuel Cell Vehicles Report Show Future Growth - Statistics and graph

Report shows that the market for fuel cell vehicles is growing quickly The market for fuel cell vehicles is set to see healthy growth, according to a report from Global Market Insights. The report predicts that the market will surpass 300,000 units sold by 2024. This growth is being powered by technological advances, which have helped make fuel cell vehicles more efficient and less expensive. Continued technological development may help these vehicles overcome their battery-powered counterparts, establishing a leading presence in the clean transportation space. Large investments are fueling technological…

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South Korea looks to produce environmentally friendly hydrogen fuel

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Government agency is investing in clean hydrogen The South Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries is working to produce environmentally friendly hydrogen fuel. The government agency has announced that it will be investing some $11 million over the next three years to commercially produce hydrogen. The agency intends to make use of a microbe called NA1, which will act as a catalyst to produce hydrogen from carbon monoxide and seawater. The microbe will be put to work at a demonstration facility that is expected to begin hydrogen production at some…

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Partnership aims to equip clean vehicles with autonomous technology

Clean Vehicles - Person in Driver Seat

Volkswagen and Aurora will be working to improve clean vehicles German automaker Volkswagen has partnered with Aurora, a startup company based in California. Together, the two companies will work to research and develop autonomous vehicles. Volkswagen is one of several automakers that have taken an interest in driverless technology, which may eventually power clean vehicles of the future. Such vehicles are expected to be powered by clean technologies, such as batteries or hydrogen fuel cells. These technologies coupled with driverless systems would make the vehicles significantly more efficient. Automaker plans…

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Honda is moving forward with fuel cells and batteries

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Automakers hopes two-thirds of its vehicle sales will come from battery electrics Japanese automaker Honda is hard at work developing a new generation of clean vehicles. Currently, the company does not yet offer any hybrid or battery electric vehicles. Honda has seen a major shift in the transportation world, however, and is eager to accommodate new trends that are emerging throughout the auto industry. The company intends to see two-thirds of its sales come from vehicles equipped with batteries by 2030. The company is also investing heavily in hydrogen fuel…

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China to extend tax rebates for clean vehicles

Clean Vehicles Tax Rebate in China - Chinese Yaun

Clean cars will continue to receive financial support from the Chinese government China’s finance ministry has announced that it will be extending tax rebates for clean vehicles. This tax rebate was meant to expire at the end of this year, but has been extended until December of 2020. The announcement has been welcomed by automakers, many of whom plan to release new clean vehicles in China within the next year. The tax rebate covers vehicles that are equipped with batteries and hydrogen fuel cells, as well as plug-in hybrids. Government…

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Honda files patent for new motorcycle that uses fuel cells

Fuel Cells - Honda Motorcycle

New patent could show Honda’s next move with fuel cells A new patent from Honda may have unveiled more about the automaker’s future plans with fuel cells. The company has filed for a patent concerning a hydrogen-powered motorcycle. Honda has yet to show off the new prototype vehicle, but the patent shows that it will, indeed, be equipped with a fuel cell system. The automaker has been working to aggressively promote hydrogen fuel in recent years. The automaker has showcased its forthcoming hydrogen-powered sedan, which will likely hit markets at…

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Toyota and Panasonic team to aid electric vehicles

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New partnership seeks to establish standards for battery technology Toyota and Panasonic have formed a new partnership in order to establish new standards for the batteries used in electric vehicles. The two companies are currently working on the final details concerning these standards. The partnership could help Japanese automakers compete more effectively with foreign companies. Automakers outside of Japan have established a significant lead when it comes to using advanced battery technology to power new vehicles. Better batteries could help make electric vehicles more affordable Both Toyota and Panasonic are…

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New York to provide new funding to promote electric vehicles

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$3.5 million in funding will be used to bring more momentum to clean transportation New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced some $3.5 million in funding available for research and development projects focused on clean transportation. This funding is meant to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, reduce the cost of new fueling and charging stations, and investigate ways that these fueling stations can be integrated into the state’s energy grid. Through the adoption of electric vehicles, New York aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030. Electric…

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Shell to double its clean power investments

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Oil company to make more aggressive investments in renewable energy Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has announced plans to increase its renewable energy investments. The company has been growing more focused on clean power in recent years and intends to divest from oil and fossil-fuels in the relatively near future. Shell has vowed to significantly reduce its carbon footprint by 2050, replacing much of its old energy capacity with clean power solutions. In order to accomplish this, Shell will be significantly increasing its investments in clean power. Investments will show…

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Solar energy is dominating the global energy sector

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Solar power is having an impact on other forms of clean energy The current solar energy boom could have a major impact on the world’s overarching energy industry. The International Energy Agency has released its latest World Energy Outlook report. The report suggests that by 2040, the world will need to add the equivalent of China and India’s current energy capacity in order to meet the demands of a growing global population. Solar power is the fastest growing segment of clean energy that currently exists. If this sector continues to…

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New trains equipped with fuel cells are coming to Germany

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Alstom to bring new hydrogen-powered trains to Germany New hydrogen-powered trains will be making their way to Germany within the next four years. These trains are being developed by French engineering firm Alstom. The company intends to deliver 14 of these trains to LNVG, a railway company that operates in Lower Saxony, Germany. The trains will be the first of their kind in northern Germany and will produce no harmful emissions. Eventually, other trains equipped with fuel cells will be deployed throughout the country, adding momentum to Germany’s clean transportation…

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New report sheds more light on climate change

Climate Change Report

Human activity is affecting global climate Government agencies in the United States have released their latest National Climate Assessment. This is the fourth heavily peer-reviewed report concerning climate change that has been released by these agencies. These agencies include NASA, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Global Change Research Program, as well as others. The report notes that climate change is real and that human activity has made the phenomenon significantly more potent. A changing climate is having a major impact on many countries The…

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Dutch offshore wind energy developers are looking to make deals with large corporations

Offshore Wind Energy - Wind park on water

Energy developers aim to provide corporations with wind power Companies that are developing offshore wind energy systems in the Netherlands are looking to sell the electricity their wind farms are generating to large corporations. In the past, energy companies have sold this electricity to the wholesale market. Now, however, these companies are looking for corporate buyers, many of whom are becoming much more invested in the renewable energy space due to government emissions regulations and a stronger interest in being environmentally friendly. Companies are finding success with bringing offshore wind…

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