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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Fuel cells are helping change the transportation space

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Automakers are becoming more focused on fuel cells The landscape of the transportation world is beginning to shift. More automakers are beginning to develop vehicles that produce no emissions. These companies are feeling pressure from governments, which are seeking to cut emissions by a significant degree. Automakers are also working to accommodate the growing demand from consumers for clean vehicles. Many have turned to batteries to power a new generation of cars, but some have become focused on hydrogen fuel cells. Toyota has major plans for its fuel cell vehicles…

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Some 15 million fuel cell vehicles could be on the road by 2030

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Hydrogen Council believes fuel cell vehicles have a promising future The Hydrogen Council, a group comprised of some of the world’s leading automakers, believes that fuel cell vehicles will become much more prominent in the coming years. The organization predicts that as many as 15 million hydrogen-powered cars and 500,000 hydrogen-powered trucks will be on the road by 2030. If this is to become a reality, however, it may require an investment of potentially $300 billion. Automakers are investing aggressively in hydrogen fuel BMW, Toyota, and Hyundai are part of…

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GM looks to make electric vehicles cheaper with new batteries

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Affordable batteries could lower the price of electric vehicles Automaker General Motors hopes to see profits from its electric vehicles largely because they are equipped with less expensive batteries. The company is currently working to develop batteries that are approximately one-third less expensive than the batteries it currently uses. These batteries are expected to be used to power the 20 new electric vehicles that GM plans to introduce by 2023. Clean vehicles are still fighting for a place in the market GM has been struggling to sell its clean vehicles…

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New trains equipped with fuel cells are coming to Germany

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Alstom to bring new hydrogen-powered trains to Germany New hydrogen-powered trains will be making their way to Germany within the next four years. These trains are being developed by French engineering firm Alstom. The company intends to deliver 14 of these trains to LNVG, a railway company that operates in Lower Saxony, Germany. The trains will be the first of their kind in northern Germany and will produce no harmful emissions. Eventually, other trains equipped with fuel cells will be deployed throughout the country, adding momentum to Germany’s clean transportation…

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Automakers seek to save tax credit that benefits electric vehicles

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Clean vehicle tax credit may be in jeopardy The auto industry has mobilized in the United States to combat a proposal that would put an end to a tax credit that supports electric vehicles. Currently, the tax credit provides as much as $7,500 to those interested in purchasing plug-in electric vehicles. The tax credit applies to the first 200,000 of these vehicles that are produced by automakers. After this limit is reached, the tax credit is phased out over time. Clean vehicles may not appeal to consumers without the tax…

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Dutch company uses hydrogen fuel to power Tesla Model S

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Company launched Project Hesla to show than battery electric vehicles can make use of fuel cells as well A gas supplier from the Netherlands is claiming that is had made the Tesla Model S even more efficient than it already is. The Holthausen Group launched what its calls Project Hesla last week. The project involved taking a Tesla electric vehicle and equipping it with a hydrogen fuel cell system. The company acquired a Model S and modified the vehicle to that it could make use of hydrogen fuel as well…

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Toyota is working to make hydrogen fuel cells more affordable

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Automaker predicts that fuel cell vehicles will be as affordable as hybrids by 2025 Japanese automaker Toyota believes that vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells will be as affordable as their hybrid counterparts by 2025. The company has been investing heavily in clean transportation lately, going so far as to develop new solid-state battery technology to power the next generation of electric vehicles. While Toyota has become more invested in batteries, it still remains heavily focused on using hydrogen fuel cells. As such, the automaker has been working to make…

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Clean vehicles to take center stage at Tokyo Motor Show

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Automakers plan to showcase their clean vehicles at upcoming event The famed Tokyo Motor Show has arrived and this year automakers are showcasing their clean vehicles. For years, automakers have been working to develop new technology that will allow vehicles to operate without producing harmful emissions. Only recently has this technology progressed enough to be considered viable and even competitive with internal combustion engines. This year, most of the world’s leading automakers plan to highlight the capabilities of clean vehicles and how such cars will be made more available in…

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New concept car could highlight the future of fuel cell vehicles from Toyota

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Automaker will be showing off its new concept car Toyota is preparing to unveil a new concept care equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell system. The system will make use of advanced technology that Toyota has been working on for the past few years. The automaker hopes that the new vehicle will have 50% more driving range than its current fuel cell car, the Mirai. The new concept car may highlight Toyota’s future interests with how hydrogen fuel can be used to power a new generation of fuel cell vehicles.…

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New car using solar energy wins praise at the World Solar Challenge

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Solar-powered car attracts major support at annual event A new family car has won significant praise during the World Solar Challenge in Australia this year. The challenge is held to highlight the use of solar energy. Some 41 vehicles, all equipped with photovoltaic technology, were brought to the event, where they competed in a 1,860 mile trek. One vehicle, in particular, won the competition for the third consecutive time. One vehicle from Dutch company Eindhoven won crowd support, however, with many heralding the company’s vehicle as the future of transportation.…

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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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GM unveils plans for new electric vehicles

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Automaker announces plans to produce two new electric vehicles General Motors has announced plans to begin selling new electric vehicles within the next 18 months. The new vehicles are part of the automaker’s overarching clean transportation plan. By 2023, GM plans to have no less than 20 electric vehicles as part of its lineup. The automaker has shown significant interest in clean vehicles in recent years and is even working with other companies to develop new technology that will power these vehicles in the future. New vehicles may be powered…

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Toyota and Mazda team to launch a new company for clean vehicles

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Automakers have come together to form a new company Automakers throughout the world are beginning to invest very heavily in clean vehicles. These companies are finding that working together may be the key to success in the increasingly competitive clean transportation sector. As such, Toyota and Mazda have come together to launch a new company which will be responsible for developing the technology that will be used in future clean vehicles. Desno Corporation, a supplier of automotive technology, has joined the automakers in this endeavor. New company will be responsible…

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California may take a bold move with clean vehicles

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State may be looking to ban the sale of conventional vehicles in the future Several large cities throughout the world have embraced plans to ban the sale of vehicles that consume fossil-fuels. California may soon follow this example, according to the California Air Resources Board. The organization suggests that Governor Jerry Brown has expressed interest in this concept, which could help California cut down on emissions and support the aggressive adoption of clean vehicles. The state has spent several years attempting to secure the success of clean vehicles and has…

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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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