Nikola is gaining momentum with hydrogen trucks

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Automaker plans to build a new $1 billion manufacturing facility in Arizona Nikola Motor Company, a developer of clean trucks, has announced plans to build a new 500-acre manufacturing facility in Arizona. The new facility will cost approximately $1 billion to develop and is meant to boost the company’s development of hydrogen-powered trucks. Nikola is well on its way to commercializing large hydrogen trucks equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. The company plans to begin construction on its new manufacturing facility by the end of 2019. Arizona chosen for its promising…

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GM seeks to find profit with electric vehicles in China

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GM is looking to the Chinese market to make electric vehicles profitable General Motors is moving forward with its plans to make electric vehicles profitable. Last month, the automaker ensured shareholders that it would accomplish this goal by 2021. How the company planned to do this was unclear at the time. Now, however, GM seems to plan to divide its focus in order to meet its goal. Domestically, the company will continue developing conventional vehicles. Most of its focus with electric vehicles will be focused on China, however. Automakers are…

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Hyundai NEXO has successfully tested level 4 autonomous technology

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Hyundai has reached a major milestone with self-driving technology South Korean automaker Hyundai has successfully completed a test of its level 4 self-driving vehicle technology. The technology is being used to by Hyundai’s NEXO, the latest fuel cell vehicle developed by the automaker. The company set the NEXO on a 118 mile journey from Seoul to Pyeonchang. The NEXO is completely powered by hydrogen fuel, making use of an advanced fuel cell system developed by Hyundai itself. The new vehicle is meant to showcase how autonomous technology can be used…

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Bloom Energy to bring fuel cells to South Korea

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Bloom Energy to bring new fuel cell systems to South Korea for the first time Bloom Energy, a leading developer of fuel cells, has announced that it has been awarded a contract to provide a fuel cell system to Korea South-East Power. The utility is working to develop a new power plant that makes use of fuel cells to produce electricity. Fuel cells were chosen due to their high levels of performance and proficiency. These energy systems are well aligned with South Korea’s overarching efforts to embrace renewable energy and…

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Riversimple could help promote hydrogen fuel in China

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Riversimple founder will be joining Prime Minister Theresa May in China Clean transportation may be a subject of discussion as United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May makes her first journey to China. Hugo Spowers, founder of clean vehicle developer Riversimple, will be part of a delegation that will be traveling with the Prime Minister. During the trip, the delegation will be visiting several cities. This may serve as an opportunity for Riversimple, as well as several other companies, to lay groundwork to make an entry into the Chinese market. Riversimple…

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Report highlights the slowly growing hydrogen fuel infrastructure in the US

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Only 39 hydrogen fuel stations are currently open to the public As of January 25, there are 39 hydrogen fuel stations available to the public in the United States, according to a report from the Department of Energy. The vast majority of these fueling stations, 35, are located in California. Two hydrogen stations are located in South Carolina, with another 2 serving the entirety of the Northeast. The report highlights the significant lack of infrastructure support that fuel cell vehicles currently have, but it also shows that more fueling stations…

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Daimler still sees potential in fuel cells

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Daimler has not yet given up on hydrogen fuel cells Most of the world’s major automakers are making efforts to produce clean vehicles, but some are divided on what technology to use. Some are committed to using batteries in order to power new cars, while others are interested in hydrogen fuel cells. Daimler is one of the companies that have an interest in both technologies, though it favors one in particular. Daimler is eager to develop new clean vehicles equipped with advanced battery technology, but the automaker has not yet…

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Automakers call for more support for clean vehicles

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GM and Toyota are urging the federal government to support infrastructure projects Major automakers have begun suggesting that the United States Congress should be investing more in the development of the infrastructure needed to support clean vehicles. Late last week, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing at the Washington Auto Show. At the hearing, General Motors and Toyota both called for an increase in federal funding that would be used to build new electric charging and hydrogen fuel stations. These stations are needed in order for…

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New solar energy roadway is being constructed in China

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New highway will be capable of generating solar energy The Qilu Transportation Development Group, a state-run transportation firm in China, is building a solar highway. The highway will span some 2,000 meters and will be capable of generating electrical power by collecting sunlight. Called the Jinan South Ring Expressway, the new highway will be connected to an existing energy grid and serve as a research opportunity for those interested in solar energy and clean technology. Engineers from Tongji University will be collecting data concerning the capabilities of the new road.…

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Legislation aims to boost renewable energy in Virginia

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New bill aims to trigger a major energy shift in Virginia Virginia lawmakers have introduced a new legislation that could have a major impact on renewable energy in the state. The legislation was introduced by Delegate Sam Rasoul and is being considered one of the most aggressive energy bills the state has seen in recent history. The bill would require the state to commit itself to 100% renewable energy by 2035. It would also establish a moratorium on the approval of all fossil-fuel projects. Several states are looking to embrace…

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Ballard fights back against report concerning its success with Chinese fuel cells

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Report suggests that Ballard’s stock gains in 2017 may be unwarranted Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of fuel cell technology, is fighting back against a recent report from Spruce Grove Capital. The report claimed that Ballard’s stock gains throughout 2017 were unwarranted. This lead to a 22% drop in the company’s shares in the week following the report. Now, Ballard has released its own statement, showing that it is on track to generate more than $120 million in revenue during the 2017 fiscal year. Report predicts failure for Ballard…

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Colorado looks to boost adoption of clean vehicles

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State launches new plan to support the success of clean vehicles The Colorado Transportation, Energy, and Public Health Departments have launched a new plan outlining stronger support for clean vehicles. The Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan, as it is called, aims to help the state comply with an executive order that was issued by Governor John Hickenlooper. The order calls upon the state to build more electric charging stations. This greater infrastructure support is meant to boost the adoption of clean vehicles, encouraging more consumers to purchase these cars. Colorado wants…

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New floating solar energy farm to be built in China

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Floating solar farm is helping China combat air pollution The Chinese government is working to combat air pollutions through the use of renewable energy. The government plans to invest no less than $360 billion into clean power by 2020. By that year, an estimated 13 million new jobs will have been created through this endeavor. The country recently completed a major solar energy project, which is one of several other projects that are set to be built in various parts of China. Solar farm will help power 15,000 homes A…

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JIVE 2 project seeks to bring more buses equipped with fuel cells to Europe

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New project launches to deploy hydrogen-powered buses Clean transportation in Europe is gaining more momentum thanks to the launch of the JIVE 2 project. The project will be leveraging a $25 million grant from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, which will help it deploy new buses equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. JIVE 2 will be deploying 152 of these buses across 14 European cities. These cities will be located in France, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and the Netherlands. European cities are working to make transportation cleaner The JIVE…

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Mirai reaches new milestone in California

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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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Cost of renewable energy continues to plummet throughout the world

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Report predicts that clean power will be less expensive than fossil-fuels in two years Renewable energy is set to become less expensive than fossil-fuels within two years, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IREA). The report suggests that aggressive investments in clean power will lead to a steep decline in the cost of energy for consumers and businesses alike. Advances in technology have also made clean energy systems more efficient and less expensive to produce. This has made clean energy, as a whole, much more…

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