The Netherlands confirms plans for electric vehicles

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Dutch government will be banning the sale of all new gas-powered vehicles by 2030 The Dutch government has confirmed its plans to make all new cars emission-free by 2030. The Netherlands has taken the issue of clean transportation very seriously. The country intends to cut emissions by a significant level and it aims to accomplish this by making conventional vehicles no longer accessible. The government’s plan effectively serves as a ban on all gas powered cars by 2030, with only electric vehicles to be available thereafter. Government targets transportation to…

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Fuel cells may be losing the efficiency battle with batteries

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Study suggests batteries are much more energy efficient than fuel cells Fuel cells have come to establish a relatively strong position in the global auto industry, but they may soon lose their battle with battery technology. A new study from Transport & Environment, an environment organization in Europe, suggests that batteries will win the clean transportation fight. The study suggests that the overall efficiency of battery electric vehicles is significantly higher than vehicles equipped with fuel cells. Some automakers have recently been showing more interest in batteries because they are…

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Volkswagen may be moving away from hydrogen fuel cells

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Automaker could be ditching fuel cells in favor of batteries German automaker Volkswagen may be starting to distance itself from hydrogen fuel cells. The company has long been ambivalent concerning these energy systems, preferring batteries that can power new vehicles. In recent years, the automaker had shown more interest in fuel cells, particularly through its Audi brand. This is changing, however, as Volkswagen begins to focus more of its attention on clean vehicles. Volkswagen has plans to embrace battery technology The automaker has not been shy with its criticisms regarding…

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Toyota to launch new batteries for clean vehicles by 2022

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Automaker has plans to release its first solid-state batteries in 2022 Japanese automaker Toyota has announced plans to launch its new solid-state battery in 2022. The company has been working to develop new solutions for clean vehicles in order to make transportation more efficient and environmentally friendly. Toyota has extensive experience with battery technology and the company believes that its new batteries will help usher in a new era for clean vehicles. The new batteries could help make electric vehicles much more attractive to consumers. New batteries will help make…

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Genesis showcases new concept car equipped with clean technology

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New concept car makes use of a fuel cell and battery system Hyundai’s luxury brand, Genesis, has showcased a new concept car at the New York Auto Show. The new vehicle is a full-sized SUV and equipped with a plug-in hydrogen fuel cell system. Called the GV80, the concept car is meant to highlight one of the directions that luxury brands are moving towards in terms of clean technology. Genesis is one of several companies that have showcased new fuel cell vehicles recently. Clean technology may have a promising future…

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Daimler’s interest in hydrogen fuel cells is waning

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Automaker plans to move away from hydrogen fuel cells in favor of batteries German automaker Daimler believes that battery technology may be much more viable than hydrogen fuel cells when it comes to powering clean vehicles. Daimler believes that battery electrics already have an edge over fuel cell vehicles due to infrastructure support and their relatively lower cost. The potential of battery technology and how it can be used for the future of clean transportation is so promising that Daimler has chosen to abandon fuel cells moving forward. Batteries show…

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BMW is betting on both batteries and hydrogen fuel cells for the future of transportation

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BMW will be supporting both batteries and hydrogen fuel cells How the world powers its vehicles will be determined within the next 10 years, according to Ian Robertson, head of global sales and marketing for BMW. In recent years, BMW has been showing a greater interest in moving away from fossil-fuels in order to become more environmentally friendly and better accommodate the changing needs of consumers. The automaker believes that either hydrogen fuel cells or battery systems will become the primary method of powering future vehicles. Batteries and fuel cells…

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New flow battery could bring about a brighter future for renewable energy

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SEAS researchers have developed a new flow battery Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a flow battery that can operate for a decade. The new battery could be a major breakthrough in energy storage and the use of clean power. With an extensive lifespan, the battery could have a major impact on the residential sector, where renewable energy is becoming much more popular. The battery could also be used for other purposes, such as storing electricity for industrial purposes or…

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Study highlights the benefits of battery electric vehicles over those with fuel cells

New study draws attention to the advantages of battery electric vehicles A new study from researchers at Stanford University in the United States and the Technical University in Germany suggest that plug-in electric vehicles may be significantly more viable than their counterparts powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The study envisions a scenario approximately 30 years from now when new technology is more widely used and considerably more affordable. The study also envisions a future where a comprehensive infrastructure capable of supporting battery electrics and fuel cell vehicles comfortably. Batteries may…

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Market for large clean vehicles set to grow through 2026

Sale of electric buses to increase in coming decade Electric buses are set to become more plentiful throughout the world, according to a new report from Navigant Research. The market for medium and heavy duty electric drive buses is growing quickly, with hybrid, plug-in hybrids, batteries, and hydrogen fuel cells all becoming more prominent within this sector. Governments throughout the world have embraced legislation that call for a reduction in emissions production. In order to accomplish this, these governments have been investing more heavily in clean vehicles. Report predicts that…

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Toyota has tamed battery technology

Automaker believes that it has solved the problems associated with battery technology Japanese automaker Toyota has made an ambitious claim. The company suggests that it has “tamed” lithium-ion battery technology. The claim follows years in which Toyota seemingly lost interest in battery technology, opting instead to support hydrogen fuel cells and more conventional solutions. Toyota has a long history with batteries, however, and during the company’s lull in outright support for battery technology, Toyota seems to have made major advances with its batteries. Toyota has made batteries safer and more…

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New solar energy system aims to make homes more efficient

SunCulture Solar introduces new solar energy system equipped with a battery solution and its own mobile app A four-year-old startup called SunCulture Solar has designed a new solar panel that is unlike anything that has been seen before. The solar panel incorporates battery technology as well as smart sensors and software that allow it to link to a computer network and smartphone application. Called SolPads, the new energy system is capable of communicating with its users and can be installed in a relatively small area, such as a balcony. SolarPads…

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New material could help improve electric vehicles in the future

Chemists develop new material that combines qualities of batteries and supercapacitors Chemists from Northwestern University have developed a powerful new material that could have major benefits for electric vehicles. Currently, electric vehicles rely heavily on a complicated system of batteries and supercapacitors that allow them to operate and increases the energy they have access to, allowing them to operate for longer periods of time. The new material developed by chemists combines the quality of supercapacitors and batteries. As such, the material can be used to replace the complex systems used…

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Range anxiety is proving to be a problem for electric vehicles

Lacking efficiency is slowing the adoption of clean vehicles Electric vehicles are gaining momentum throughout the world, but these environmentally friendly cars still face one major challenge. “Range anxiety” may be preventing consumers from purchasing electric vehicles. A new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Santa Fe Institute highlights the issues associated with the efficiency of electric vehicles. The capability of batteries has created some skepticism among consumers, many of whom would opt to purchase more conventional vehicles rather than those equipped with battery systems. Study shows…

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Tesla and Toyota rank highly in their support for renewable energy and clean technology

Automakers win high ranking from MIT Technology Review Tesla Motors and Toyota are considered two of the “smartest” companies in the world, partly due to their focus on renewable energy, according to the MIT Technology Review. The magazine is published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Every year, the magazine chooses 50 companies that best combine innovative technology with an effective business model. This year, Tesla and Toyota were the only two automakers to make the cut. Recently, these two companies have begun winning a significant amount of praise for…

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Samsung SDI abandons hydrogen fuel cells in favor of batteries

Samsung will no longer be working on developing fuel cell technology Samsung SDI is preparing to abandon hydrogen fuel cells in order to show more support for battery technology. Samsung SDI has chosen to completely drop its fuel cell division, shifting the resources used to support fuel cell research and development to its battery division. These batteries will play a major role in the transportation space, powering electric vehicles that produce no harmful emissions. Samsung SDI already holds a significant presence in the battery market. Batteries may have a better…

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