Nissan gives American drivers incentive to purchase electric vehicles

The purchase or lease of a new Nissan LEAF could lead to free charging for two years. One of the biggest setbacks of owning electric vehicles is the cost of the car, but now, some drivers in the United States may actually consider going green the next time they lease or purchase a car because they will not have to pay for the electricity required to power the vehicle. 25 U.S. markets are set to participate in the new program from Nissan. The Japanese automotive manufacturer has recently announced its…

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Toyota releases more news about hydrogen power with details on their future manufacturing plans

Focus on Hydrogen Fuel

Toyota recently announced that it had taken on hydrogen fuel as one of its primary focuses. The Japanese automaker has long been an advocate of electric transportation, showing strong support for battery batter. After showing off its latest concept of its FCV model, Toyota has announced that it is taking a very aggressive stance in regards to hydrogen-powered vehicles. The company has announced that it will be making thousands of fuel cell cars each year for the next ten years. The company believes that the world is moving toward oil-free…

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Nissan expands market for the Leaf electric vehicle to include 21 new states

Electric Vehicles - Nissan Leaf Battery Electric Car

Japanese automaker Nissan has announced that its award-winning electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf, will be available in an additional 21 states in the U.S. Previously, the Leaf was only available in a select few states, of which California represented the most prominent market. Nissan believes that the success of the vehicle in the states it had been available in will carry over to the new states. Residents of these states have received emails informing them that they can now order the vehicles. Nissan has been working to expand the appeal…

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Toyota embraces hydrogen as one of its primary fuels, plans to release hydrogen-powered vehicles in 2015

Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Car

Japanese automaker Toyota has long been a staunch advocate of hybrid and battery-powered vehicles. The company has remained true to its adherence to hybrids and pure electrics even while most of the auto industry adopted hydrogen with open arms. As its competitors gained acclaimed and a great deal of attention for their use of hydrogen fuel cells, Toyota was left in the dark. Now, however, the automaker has also taken up hydrogen as one of its favored fuels and plans to establish itself as a leader in the changing industry…

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Bloomberg study shows the number of electric charging stations shadows the number of ethanol fuel stations in the U.S.

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A new study from Bloomberg, a multinational financial news corporation, shows that the number of public charging stations in the U.S. outnumbers ethanol fueling stations. According to the study, there are more than 4,400 charging stations throughout the country, each capable of powering more than one electric vehicle at a time. There are only 2,500 ethanol fueling stations in the U.S., all of which are used to fuel the 7.6 million vehicles that run solely on the fuel. While charging stations may outnumber ethanol station, there are only 16,000 electric…

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Honda launches new marketing campaign for hydrogen-powered and natural gas vehicles

hydrogen powered vehicles - Honda FX Clarity

Japanese automaker Honda has begun marketing their new alternative energy vehicles. The company expects to have their new natural gas Civic and hydrogen-powered FX Clarity ready for the consumer market in 2013, but it will not be marketing these vehicles the way it does with its conventional models. Instead, Honda will focus on online advertising and encouraging owners of these vehicles to spread the word. The basis of this initiative is that owners of these new vehicles are “influencers in their communities,” according to Steve Center, vice president of Environmental…

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Business relations between Indian and the UK showing promise thanks to alternative energy

Hydrogen Fuel Cars

The British Empire may be on its way back to India as the country begins to purchase more electric vehicles built in the UK. While the return of Britain will not be political in any way, the business relations between the two countries are likely to form a stronger bond than either have held for several years. Tata Steel, a multi-national steel-making company based in London, has been working on a new energy system that its subsidiary, Tata Motors, the largest automaker in India, will be using for a new…

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Osaka Sangyo University students make their own hydrogen-powered vehicle

Osaka Sangyo University

A small group of students from the Osaka Sangyo University in Japan have built a full-fledged hydrogen-powered vehicle. The project was part of the university’s ongoing research into hydrogen fuel cells and how they could be used in the future. This is the first electric vehicle to be produced in Japan that was not backed by a major company or government agency. What makes the vehicle truly impressive is the fact that it was exceedingly easy to build. Students built the vehicle in their spare time. The vehicle is comprised…

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Toyota to release hydrogen-powered cars in 2015 priced at $100,000

Lucky person to become first hydrogen fuel car owner

Japanese automaker Toyota has announced plans to release their iteration of hydrogen-powered vehicles to the commercial market in 2015. Toyota has been a powerful name in the world of alternative energy, especially when it comes to transportation. The company was the first to successfully introduce a popular hybrid vehicle to the commercial market and has since been developing a new hydrogen energy system that aims to make hydrogen a more appealing option for drivers. Price may not be a consideration for Toyota, however, which may hamper the company’s plans for…

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Kia joins the ranks of automakers building hydrogen powered vehicles

Kia Pop Concept Model

Korean automaker Kia is taking the plunge into hydrogen fuel. The automaker has had plans to produce a wide variety of environmentally friendly vehicles for several years but had not settled on an particular energy to support. With most major car manufacturers adopting hydrogen, Kia has succumbed to the appeal of the fuel and plans to launch their first hydrogen-powered vehicle in 2015. Kia’s main goal in their hydrogen initiative is to make alternative energy vehicles affordable to a wide variety of consumers. Kia plans to launch a small, three-seat…

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Nissan sets goal to sell more than 1.5 million hydrogen-powered cars by the end of 2016

Hydrogen Fuel Cars

Japanese automaker Nissan has been making waves in the hydrogen fuel industry lately. Earlier this month, the company unveiled a next-generation fuel cell that is twice as powerful as conventional models while being less expensive. While the company’s previous ventures in alternative energy have revolved around plug-in vehicles, Nissan has recently adopted hydrogen as its focus. The company has high expectations for the fuel, declaring that it will sell more than 1.5 million hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2016. The ambitious claim may sound like bravado, but Nissan’s hydrogen-powered vehicles seem to…

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Nissan produces fuel cell 2 times more powerful than conventional models

Nissan Fuel Cell

Japanese automaker Nissan has revealed a next generation hydrogen fuel cell that claims to be 2.5 times more powerful than conventional models. The company’s dabbling in hydrogen has been rare in the past as Nissan choose to focus on battery-powered electric vehicles. With hydrogen becoming a more prominent part of the transportation industry’s future, however, the company has shifted gears and has begun making strides in the field of hydrogen for the first time since 2005. Nissan asserts that their new fuel cell will help make hydrogen more viable in…

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Pike Research report paints a promising future for hydrogen transportation

Hydrogen Powered Cars

A new report from Pike Research, a market research firm specializing in alternative energy, shows that more than 1.2 million alternative energy vehicles will be sold by 2020. The massive number is attributed major efforts coming from the auto industry to push hydrogen fuel. Automakers are currently the leading advocates for hydrogen, championing an energy revolution that seeks to take transportation away from oil. While automakers are expected to continue building cars that run on fossil-fuels in the coming years, a growing number of companies are shifting their focus so…

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UK automaker adopts hydrogen, produces new fuel cell vehicle

Microcab Hydrogen Car

Microcab, a specialist vehicle manufacturer, has announced that it will be launching a new hydrogen-powered vehicle. The automaker, which is born from the Coventry University in the UK, has been working on a new approach to public transportation that makes use of sustainable fuels. As fuel cells become less expensive, the automaker has adopted hydrogen as their fuel of choice for electric vehicles. Microcab will showcase their new hydrogen-powered vehicles at the West Midlands’ Coventry and Birmingham Low Emissions Demonstration later in the year. Microcab’s new vehicles will come in…

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Hyundai abandons batteries to focus efforts on incorporating hydrogen fuel

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle - Hyundai ix35 FCEV

Hyundai has long been an advocate for alternative energy. Until recently, that advocacy has been centered on lithium-ion batteries. Like many in the auto industry, Hyundai had invested heavily into battery power, believing that it would be the future of electric vehicles. Now, however, the Korean car manufacturer has all but abandoned its support of lithium-ion batteries in favor of hydrogen fuel. Hyundai’s transition toward hydrogen may signal that, when it comes to pure-electric cars, the battery is no longer a viable option. The auto industry has been making a…

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Hydrogen-powered cars may not be affordable until 2030

Hydrogen Fue Cars

Many major automakers are scrambling to release hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2013. The entirety of the auto industry is somewhat obsessed with hydrogen and fuel cell technology and most of the big-name companies are developing vehicles that run on the alternative energy. The major issue, however, is the cost of these vehicles. While car companies cite an ailing environment as the primary selling point for their vehicles, consumers are unlikely to purchase hydrogen-powered cars if they are too expensive. As more hydrogen vehicles are released into the commercial market, their average…

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