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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China is leading the transportation market with electric vehicles

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China is focusing more heavily on electric vehicles China has become the dominating force in the clean transportation market. The country became the world’s largest vehicle market with more than 28 million cars sold in 2016. Unfortunately, the transportation field has committed heavily to the country’s air pollution problems. As such, the government has targeted vehicles in order to reduce emissions. Now, government regulations and standards may end up affecting the rest of the auto industry and its plans concerning electric vehicles. Government standards require automakers to sell a certain…

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Sale of fuel cell vehicles is on the rise worldwide

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Report shows that some 6,000 fuel cell vehicles will have been sold by the end of 2017 Information Trends, a leading market research company, has released a new report concerning the growing market for fuel cell vehicles. The report suggests that as many as 6,000 of these vehicles will have been sold worldwide by the end of this year. Vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells have been gaining momentum throughout the year, but still remain relatively rare among consumers in many countries. These cars have found the majority of their…

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Volkswagen to help build new charging stations for clean vehicles

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Automaker plans to install 2,800 charging stations throughout the US by 2019 Volkswagen is preparing to help develop an infrastructure capable of supporting clean vehicles in the United States. The company recently launched its Electrify America program, through which it is investing some $2 billion to build new electric charging stations. The program was formed as part of a settlement agreement regarding the company’s emissions cheating. Volkswagen expects to help build some 2,800 electric charging stations throughout the United States by June of 2019. Most of these new charging stations…

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Renewable energy community to be set up in Huntington Beach, California

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New partnership seeks to form an “Advanced Energy Community” Southern California Gas has announced that it will be working with the University of California-Irvine’s Advanced Power & Energy Program. Through this partnership, Southern California Gas will help design what is being called an “Advanced Energy Community.” This community will take form in a neighborhood that is located in Huntington Beach. The initiative is meant to highlight the growing importance of renewable energy and how clean power can be used to provide communities with the electrical power that they need. New…

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California lawmakers seeks to secure the future of clean vehicles

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Assemblyman Ting plans to introduce an ambitious new bill that will support clean vehicles A California lawmaker aims to make clean vehicles a priority in the near future. Assemblyman Phil Ting has announced his intention to introduce a bill that would have the state’s motor vehicle departments issue registration only to clean vehicles. This would effectively ban the sale of conventional vehicles by 2040, according to Ting’s plan. After that point, only vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells or batteries will be able to be registered in the state. State…

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