Daimler unveils the neweCascadia

Daimler eCascadia Freightliner - Truck Demo on YouTube

New clean truck will be launched in 2021 German automaker Daimler has unveiled its new environmentally friendly commercial truck: the Freightliner eCascadia.  The new truck will be powered by a battery system, which will ensure that it produces no harmful emissions. Daimler plans to launch the vehicle in 2021 and will face competition from other companies that are also releasing clean trucks. Clean truck will have a range of 250 miles The eCascadia will have 730 peak horsepower and it’s battery system will have a capacity of 530 kilowatt-hours. The…

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Electric cars could save California billions in storage

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Study shows the financial impact clean vehicles could have on storage Electric cars could become a boon to grid operators in California, according to a study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The study suggests that these vehicles could help resolve the state’s “duck curve” problem. The problem involves a significant drop in energy demand during midday hours, followed by a dramatic increase in demand when the sun begins to set. Storage mandate is doing little to solve the duck curve problem State regulators had hoped to solve the duck…

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Navy opposes the development of offshore wind farms in California

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Navy map places major restrictions on where offshore projects can be built California could be a proverbial gold mine for offshore wind power, but the United States Navy has declared that large portions of the state’s coast are off limits when it comes to offshore development. The ultimate decision lies, of course, with the Department of Defense, wind companies, and at least one member of Congress. The Navy, however, believes that the map it has provided for offshore wind development is the best option for the West Coast. Floating wind…

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Solar energy systems could power all new homes in California

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State could become the first to require all new homes to be powered by solar panels California may become the first state in the country to require all new homes to have their own solar energy systems. The California Energy Commission is set to vote on the matter this week. If approved, the new measure will go into effect in 2020. For the past seven years, solar energy has been optional for new homes being built in the state. The measure is meant to accelerate the adoption of solar power…

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Toyota is using hydrogen fuel cells to power its commercial truck

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Prototype is equipped with a fuel cell system from Toyota’s Mirai Japanese automaker Toyota is exploring the potential of its new hydrogen-powered prototype truck. The truck is operating at the Port of Las Angeles and the Port of Long Beach in California. Toyota is making use of the same hydrogen fuel cell technology that powers its Mirai model. The truck is being used to haul cargo between the ports. Toyota believes that fuel cells could be used to power a new generation of commercial trucks and is eager to determine…

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Honda begins offering its new 2018 Clarity Fuel Cell

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Honda’s latest fuel cell vehicle is now available for lease in California Japanese automaker Honda has announced that its new 2018 Clarity Fuel Cell is now available for lease. Those interested in the new fuel cell vehicle can acquire it by signing a three-year lease at $369 a month, with $2,868 due at signing. The Clarity Fuel Cell is also eligible for a $5,000 rebate through California’s clean transportation program. The program is meant to encourage consumers to adopt clean vehicles by helping offset the overall cost of these cars.…

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New hydrogen fuel station opens in California

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Ventura Country’s first hydrogen station opens in Thousand Oaks First Element Fuel has opened a new hydrogen fuel station in Thousand Oaks, California. It is the first hydrogen station in Ventura County and the 33rd to be opened to the public in the entire state. The new station will be open 24-hours a day. Since the station has opened, it has served about 7 fuel cell vehicles each day. The station adds to California’s growing hydrogen fuel infrastructure, which has been steadily expanding over the past few years. Fuel cell…

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California legislation could be a boon for renewable energy

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Legislation seeks to increase access to clean power New legislation in California could expand the access that non-residential consumers have to renewable energy. Senate Bill 1399 aims to allow these consumers to facilitate the development of clean power projects that would be located outside of properties. Such projects could be very beneficial for those living in apartment buildings, providing them access to the renewable energy that they are interested in using. These projects would have a maximum capacity of 20 megawatts. Solar sector may benefit from the new legislation The…

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Plug Power deploys new technology for hydrogen fuel station in California

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New technology will help provide hydrogen to consumers with fuel cell vehicles Plug Power, a developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has deployed its GenFuel technology at a new hybrid fueling station in Apple Valley, California. The new station is designed to provide consumers with the hydrogen fuel they need to power their fuel cell vehicles. The station can store hydrogen in an efficient manner while also being able to produce the fuel on-site. This will help reduce the cost of hydrogen fuel for consumers, which may encourage them to purchase…

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Shell set to help build California’s hydrogen fuel infrastructure

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Shell has joined the California Fuel Cell Partnership The California Fuel Cell Partnership has announced that Shell has joined its ranks. Shell has become the first energy company to officially join the organization. The California Fuel Cell Partnership is comprised of various automakers, government agencies, and companies focused on the use of fuel cells. One of the primary goals of the organization is to promote the adoption of fuel cell vehicles and ensure their success in California. Shell will help build new hydrogen fuel stations As part of the California…

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Honda files patent for motorcycle powered by hydrogen fuel

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New patent outlines new hydrogen-powered motorcycle coming from Honda Japanese automaker Honda has filed a new patent for a hydrogen-powered motorcycle. The new motorcycle will likely be part of Honda’s overarching efforts concerning clean transportation. The company is focusing on using hydrogen fuel cells to power new vehicles that produce no harmful emissions. Years ago, Honda launched a fuel cell vehicle in limited capacity, but the company plans to launch new vehicles powered by hydrogen in the coming years. New motorcycle will have a conventional design but new energy source…

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Fuel cell vehicles are slowly gaining momentum

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Report highlights the modest success that hydrogen-powered cars are beginning to see Fuel cell vehicles are slowly beginning to gain traction in some parts of the world, but they have yet to find any mainstream success. According to a report from Information Trends, approximately 6,500 hydrogen-powered cars are in operation today. The majority of these vehicles are found in the United States, where California has become one of the world’s leading markets for clean vehicles. Approximately 38% of all fuel cell vehicles can be found in Japan, with 9% currently…

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California utility reaches the state’s renewable energy goal ahead of schedule

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PG&E has reached a new renewable energy milestone The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has reached California’s renewable energy goal ahead of schedule. The state has set up a goal to derive the majority of its electrical power from renewable energy sources by 2020. Utilities are being pressured to embrace clean power in order to help the state distance itself from fossil-fuels. PG&E has been pursuing this goal aggressively and now derives approximately 80% of its electrical power from renewable energy. 33% of utility’s electricity came from renewable sources…

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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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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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State awards $8 million for the development of new hydrogen fuel stations

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First Element Fuel will be developing new hydrogen fuel stations in California The California Energy Commission has awarded some $8 million to First Element Fuel. The funding comes from the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, which aims to help promote clean transportation throughout California. With this funding, First Element Fuel will work to develop new hydrogen fuel stations in Redwood City, Studio City, Beverly Hills, and Mission Hills. These cities are likely to become popular markets for fuel cell vehicles, which currently lack comprehensive infrastructure support. California…

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