Toyota develops new catalyst for fuel cell vehicles

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Automaker has made a major breakthrough in fuel cell technology Toyota has developed a new catalyst that could go a long way in making fuel cell vehicles more attractive, affordable, and efficient. The Japanese automaker has been investing heavily in hydrogen fuel cells in an effort to produce new, cleaner vehicles. Equipped with these fuel cells, the new vehicles produce no harmful emissions but perform on par with their conventional counterparts. The new catalyst designed by Toyota is meant to help address some of the challenges facing fuel cell vehicles…

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Toyota issues recall for its Mirai due to software glicth

Mirai Software Problem - Inspecting code

Mirai suffers from a software glitch that could cause some problems for drivers Toyota has issued a recall of 2,843 units of its Mirai. The Mirai is the first time Toyota has used a hydrogen fuel cell to power a customer vehicle. The automaker has found some modest success with the new car and has been demonstrating the capabilities of the Mirai in many prominent markets. Some had expressed concern over the Mirai’s use of hydrogen fuel, largely due to the volatility of hydrogen itself, but the recall has little…

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Fuel cell vehicles set to see a boom in growth in the coming years

Fuel cells are becoming more popular in the transportation space Fuel cell vehicles will become the fastest growing segment within the transportation market by 2050, according to a new report from Information Trends. The report, titled “Global Market for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles,” shows that clean cars are becoming more popular among consumers and businesses alike. These vehicles produce no harmful emissions, but are heavily reliant on a hydrogen fuel infrastructure, which has yet to take form. Many countries are working to build a comprehensive infrastructure in order to support…

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Report predicts more than 20 million fuel cell vehicles to be available by 2032

Report highlights the growing promise of the fuel cell market A new report from Information Trends predicts that fuel cell vehicles will be much more plentiful in the relatively near future. Hydrogen fuel cells are quickly becoming more important for the auto industry, with several major companies investing in this technology to power a new generation of vehicles. One of the reasons automakers are doing this is to comply with new emissions regulations being embraced by large countries. Because these countries are prominent markets for vehicles, automakers are keen to…

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Uber has interest in electric vehicles from Tesla

Uber may be interested in purchasing 500,000 electric vehicles that are fully autonomous Famed ride-share company Uber may be interested in purchasing electric vehicles from Tesla Motors. Steve Jurvetson, an early investor in Tesla and a current board member of the company, has said that Uber’s CEO has shown significant interest in the company’s vehicles. According to Jurvetson, Uber may be interested in purchasing 500,000 electric vehicles from Tesla if the automaker can make these vehicles completed autonomous by 2020. Autonomous vehicles could have a major impact on the insurance…

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Tesla calls for stricter regulations to support electric vehicles

Tesla believes that stricter emissions regulations will be a benefit Fuel economy targets in the United States could become a major benefit for Tesla Motors. As the U.S. begins to consider relaxing regulations concerning fuel economy, several automakers are breathing a sigh of relief, but Tesla is pushing for stricter regulations on the auto industry. Currently, the country’s fuel economy targets aim to have automakers produce vehicles that average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Stricter requirements could place Tesla’s rivals under greater pressure, while Tesla would thrive because of…

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German automakers are torn on batteries and hydrogen fuel cells

Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz differ on approach to clean transportation Three German automakers are trying to determine whether batteries or hydrogen fuel cells will be the future of transportation. Audi is one of these companies and has been working to expand the capabilities of lithium-ion batteries in order to make them more efficient. Both BMW and Mercedes-Benz are placing their bets on hydrogen fuel cells, however. These automakers have already delivered pure electric vehicles to the commercial market, but their hopes in battery technology are dwindling. Fuel cells are more…

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BMW pins hopes on electric vehicles

BMW plans to make electric versions of all its current vehicle models Automaker BMW has plans to make all of its current models into electric vehicles in the coming years. The company has become very interested in clean transportation in recent years, seeing promising opportunities in the development of vehicles that produce no carbon emissions. Like other automakers, BMW is feeling pressure to comply with emission regulations in primary markets. This is pushing automakers to develop cleaner vehicles in order to continue participating in these markets. New electric vehicles to…

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Toyota could see major losses from its fuel cell vehicle

Fuel cell vehicles may represent a major financial risk for the auto industry Clean transportation has become a major focus for most of the world’s leading automakers. Several companies have begun weighing the values of conventional battery electric vehicles and those powered by hydrogen fuel. On one hand, batteries are less expensive than fuel cells as is building an infrastructure capable of supporting battery electrics. Fuel cells, however, boast of better performance and efficiency, providing a range of operation that conventional batteries cannot compete with. Where the auto industry places…

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NovoFuel wins patent for hydrogen fuel production technology

New patent covers innovative technology developed by NovoFuel The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded a provisional patent to NovoFuel, a company specializing in hydrogen fuel. The patent covers the company’s hydrogen production technology. NovoFuel had submitted its application for the patent in 2009, and the patent itself outlines numerous ways in which the company’s technology can be used. Effective and efficient hydrogen fuel production is becoming more important, especially in the auto industry, where fuel cell vehicles are becoming more common. Modern hydrogen production systems are still not considered…

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The Difference Between Fuel Cell Vehicles and Electric Vehicles

Clean transportation is a trend that has emerged in the auto industry that will not disappear any time soon. Much of the auto industry has taken up the call for the production of zero-emission vehicles and a new generation of these vehicles is expected to launch within the next few years. In the coming decades, it is likely that conventional, internal combustion vehicles will be replaced with electric vehicles, but whether these vehicles will be equipped with batteries or fuel cells has become a controversial issue. Most of the world’s…

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Nissan may make use of Tesla’s clean transportation technology

Nissan shows interest in patents offered by Tesla Motors Tesla Motors recently opened up its technology patents, allowing automakers throughout the industry to take advantage of its supercharger technology. This was meant to promote the development of electric vehicles and many automakers have already shown interest in these patents and are examining their potential. Nissan is the latest major automaker to show serious interest in using Tesla’s patents. The company has a long history with electric vehicles and has been growing more aggressive with its interests in clean transportation recently….

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Tesla aims to support clean transportation by opening its own patents

Tesla Motors opens its supercharger technology patents into order to support electric vehicles Tesla Motors has established a strong reputation for itself in the world of transportation. The company has won acclaim for its electric vehicles, which are significantly more advanced and more efficient than the battery-powered vehicles of the past. In a relatively short amount of time, Tesla has managed to cause some turbulence in the auto industry by becoming one of the most successful and well supporter automakers to produce an electric vehicle. Tesla may be ready to…

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EPA rules focused on emissions reduction could make vehicles more expensive

New EPA rules could have implications regarding the cost of vehicles The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been proposing changes to its regulations regarding the emissions produced by various industries within the United States. The federal agency recently instituted regulations that aim to cut down on the emissions produced by the country’s power plants and is now turning its focus on to the transportation sector. The agency aims to introduce new rules to the transportation sector concerning the way vehicles are built and placing a limit on the emissions they…

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Toyota fuel cell vehicle may come to market sooner than expected

Toyota is pushing to bring its new vehicle to the market more quickly Toyota may bring its hydrogen-powered sedan to the market sooner than expected. The Japanese automaker has been hard at work promoting the benefits of fuel cell technology and how these energy systems can be used in transportation. Toyota has faced criticism for its efforts from those that favor battery electrics, but the automaker has remained resolute in its belief that hydrogen fuel is the future of clean transportation. The company now has plans to bring its fuel…

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Clean Transportation is a Difficult Problem

The challenges facing clean transportation are much more complicated than which clean vehicle is best The debate surrounding the value of fuel cell vehicles and their potential in a major market has been raging for several years now. Many people believe that fuel cells are simple not viable for transportation purposes. Lithium-ion batteries are generally considered to be ideal for clean vehicles, but battery technology is not well suited for the needs of most drivers. Despite the apparent opposition from consumers, much of the auto industry has become somewhat infatuated…

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