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

Hydrogen Fuel Cells - BMW logo on vehicle

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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Report shows that fuel cell vehicles may remain in the niche market for the time being

Fuel Cell Vehicles Report

New report highlights the ongoing issues facing fuel cell vehicles Strategy Analytics has released a new report highlighting the market for fuel cell powertrains for the light vehicle market. The report follows the recent formation of the Hydrogen Council at this year’s World Economic Forum. The Hydrogen Council is comprised of several large companies that have a vested interest in hydrogen fuel cells and vehicles powered by these energy systems. The report from Strategy Analytics is meant to showcase the potential for fuel cell vehicles in the global market. Fuel…

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Toyota develops new catalyst for fuel cell vehicles

Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle - Image of Toyota Mirai

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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Kia intends to launch a new fuel cell vehicle in 2021

Fuel Cell Vehicle - KIA Car

Kia has confirmed plans to develop a new fuel cell vehicle, ready for release at some point in 2021 South Korean automaker Kia Motors has confirmed that it is working on developing a new vehicle equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell. The automaker has expressed interest fuel cells in the past, but has been slow to announce definitive plans to use this technology to power a new generation of cars. Now, however, Kia believes that fuel cells have reached a point where they can be very valuable transportation tools. The…

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Electric vehicles could come to dominate the transportation market sooner than expected

Electric Vehicles - Sign for EV Charging Station

Clean vehicles are gaining ground very quickly Electric vehicles may take over the transportation space sooner than expected. In the United States, transportation has traditionally accounted for the majority of emissions produced within the country, surpassing the energy sector despite the country’s massive consumption of electrical power. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), however, this is no longer the case. The EIA has reported that in 2016, the energy sector surpassed transportation in terms of emissions production, highlighting the rising impact of clean vehicles in the sector. Transportation emissions…

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Consumer need may dictate the future of fuel cells in the transportation space

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ETI analysis highlights consumer needs Automakers may need to develop a greater understanding of consumer needs, according to the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI). Vehicles are becoming more environmentally friendly, with some producing no emissions at all. ETI expects that clean vehicles, particularly those powered by fuel cells, are unlikely to see any significant growth in market share in the short-term. As these vehicles become more efficient and less expensive, however, their long-term impact on the transportation market could be significant. Fuel cells may become commonplace in transportation beyond 2050 ETI…

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Ballard to help develop fuel cell buses in China

Fuel Cell Buses - Bus in China

Ballard receives another order for more fuel cell systems Ballard Power Systems has successfully won an order for 10 of its innovative fuel cell systems from a Chinese bus manufacturer. Zhuhai Yinlong Energy Group is looking to expand its clean transportation efforts and aims to manufacture more electric buses in the near future. The company has been showing greater interest in hydrogen fuel cells, largely due to their efficiency and power generation capabilities. Fuel cell buses could become significantly more popular as bus manufacturers begin to show favor for fuel…

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Clean transportation market is heating up

Clean Transportation Market Heating up

Automakers are feeling more pressure to embrace clean transportation Competition in the clean transportation space is heating up. A growing number of automakers are beginning to move away from conventional vehicles in order to make cleaner alternatives. Many companies have been developing hybrid vehicles for some time, but they are beginning to show more favor for all-electric cars. This shift is being powered by stricter emissions regulations in popular markets throughout Europe and in the United States and China. Electric vehicles are expected to become more common In the U.S.,…

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Honda Clarity Fuel Cell priced to compete with the Toyota Mirai

Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle

Honda is looking to compete more aggressively with other automakers in clean transportation Japanese automaker Honda is preparing to launch its new fuel cell vehicle, called the Clarity Fuel Cell, and the company is looking to compete with others that have already released such vehicles. Specifically, Honda has targeted Toyota as its chief competitor in the fuel cell field. Therefore, Honda has announced that it will be pricing the Clarity Fuel Cell to compete with Toyota’s new Mirai, which is already available in California. Clarity Fuel Cell lease terms may…

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New taxi service in South Korea will be making use of fuel cell vehicles

Fuel cell vehicles will be operating in the city of Ulsan A new hydrogen taxi service has launched in South Korea. Hyundai has brought ten of its ix35 vehicles, all equipped with hydrogen fuel cells, to the coastal city of Ulsan. The new taxi service will be operated by the Ministry of Environment, the Ulsan City Office, and Hyundai itself. The service will make use of the same measurement and fee system that conventional taxi services make use of. Hyundai is expected to expand the reach of the service in…

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Market for fuel cell vehicles set to reach new heights in the coming years

Fuel cell vehicles may see more success in the near future The market for fuel cell vehicles is expected to grow significantly in the coming years, according to a new report from Global Market Insights, a market research company. The report predicts that the fuel cell vehicle market will reach $18 billion by 2023. Global Market Insights suggests that the growth of the market will largely be due to increasing concerns about air pollution and governments supporting clean transportation more aggressively. Fuel cell vehicles are still in short supply, however,…

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South Korea and Japan lead the adoption of fuel cell vehicles

Fuel cell cars are gaining more popularity throughout the world The global market for fuel cell vehicles is heating up and a few countries are leading the way in the adoption of these new cars. Several countries have begun showing strong support for fuel cell vehicles, as well as other cars that produce no harmful emissions. This is being done in an effort to reduce the emissions generated within the transportation space. Currently, the countries leading the adoption of fuel cell vehicles are South Korea and Japan, with the United…

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Toyota to build a new company to develop electric vehicles

Automaker is creating a new venture in order to establish a stronger foothold in clean transportation Japanese automaker has announced official plans to create a new, in-house venture company. The new company will be dedicated to the development of new electric vehicles. Toyota has already been working on this plan for some time, as the automaker believes that the venture company will begin operations at some point in December of this year. The offshoot company is part of Toyota’s plan to focus more heavily on electric vehicles equipped with batteries….

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Honda brings its fuel cell vehicle to California

Honda will be leasing its new fuel cell vehicle before the end of the year Japanese automaker Honda will be offering its latest fuel cell vehicle for lease in California by the end of the year. The automaker will bring its Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle to the state before the end of 2016, and those interested in the new vehicle will be able to lease it for approximately $369 a month. Those interested in clean transportation may find this offering very attractive, while others may continue to see fuel cells…

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Lexus to launch vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells

New fuel cell vehicles to be launched in 2020 Lexus has plans to launch its first fuel cell vehicle in 2020. The Japanese luxury automaker has been experimenting with hydrogen fuel cells for some time. The company believes that these energy systems hold a great deal of promise and can be used to make vehicles much more environmentally friendly. Thus far, Lexus has not showcased a prototype model of its forthcoming fuel cell vehicle, but the company will likely unveil such a prototype in the near future in order to…

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