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

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

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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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BMW says that the future of hydrogen energy is in the hands of consumers

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Though most major automakers are investing heavily into hydrogen fuel cell technology, BMW says that consumers will be the ones that decide whether hydrogen, as energy, has a future. The automaker has supported fuel cells in the past and believes that hydrogen is a viable alternative to oil, but claims that automakers won’t see success with the technology through efforts of brute force. Regardless of all the money that automakers have dumped into improving fuel cells and making hydrogen-powered cars, consumers hold the keys to the ultimate fate of the…

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U.S. Army shows off world’s first fleet of hydrogen-powered military vehicles

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The United States Army has revealed the world’s first military fleet powered entirely by hydrogen fuel cells. The fleet is comprised of 16 vehicles that will begin field testing in Hawaii this year. The vehicles are part of the U.S. military’s continued experimentation with alternative energy. The Department of Defense has highlighted hydrogen as one of its top priorities for the future and this latest development shows that the agency is making good on its promises to break the country’s dependence of oil. Once the vehicles have gone through the…

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General Motors and The Gas Company team to build Hawaii’s first hydrogen fuel cell service center

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Hawaii’s The Gas Company has announced plans to partner with General Motors in an effort to open a new service center for hydrogen-powered vehicles in Honolulu. The service center is meant to be a source of maintenance and repair for the hydrogen fuel cells that power new vehicles coming from most major automakers, including GM. GM Believes that the facility will make it easier for consumers to adopt hydrogen energy as it will provide them with a safety net should the technology in their vehicles fail and they do not…

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Toyota to launch hydrogen-powered world tour in March of this year

Toyota is embarking on a tour of the world with its new hydrogen-powered concept car, the FCV-R. The tour will launch next month in Europe, where the FCV-R will stop at a number of locations to show of the prowess and viability of hydrogen fuel cells as a source of energy. The FCV-R made its world debut at the Tokyo Motor Show late last year, but Toyota was shy with details on the vehicle’s technology and capabilities. The company’s clandestine attitude now seems to be well founded, as it will…

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Suzuki and Intelligent Energy join to found new joint venture that could change the world of hydrogen energy transportation

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Japanese automaker Suzuki has partnered with Intelligent Energy, an alternative energy company based in the UK, to launch a new joint venture called SMILE FC System Corporation. The venture aims to create a new generation of hydrogen fuel cells that are more efficient for vehicles. The fuel cells manufactured by SMILE FC will be air-cooled, which both companies hope will make them more effective and improve their longevity. Each fuel cell will be designed with vehicles in mind and will be made in such a way that ensures that they…

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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

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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

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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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Electrification Leadership Council launches new project to establish infrastructure for the changing transportation industry

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The Electrification Leadership Council, an organization seeking to establish an electric infrastructure for the U.S. transportation industry, is embarking on a new project. The organization is looking to see how well current electric vehicles can assimilate to the nation’s energy grid. The project will aim to collect and distribute data concerning how well the current electrical grid can handle the demand put on it by electric vehicles. This information will serve useful to state governments looking to modernize their energy infrastructure. The Council is looking to install several large electric…

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Osaka Sangyo University students make their own hydrogen-powered vehicle

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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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South Korea to lead the charge for hydrogen in coming years

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South Korea may soon be leading the charge in promoting hydrogen-powered vehicles. The nation was recently home to an international motor show that featured a wide variety of alternative energy vehicles from many of the world’s most prestigious automakers. Fuel cells were highlighted as one of the most promising technologies to come to the transportation industry since the advent of the internal combustion engine, and South Korean officials believes that they may be the key to an energy revolution that could change the way the world gets its power. Most…

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Kia joins the ranks of automakers building hydrogen powered vehicles

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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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Standards committee introduces two new standards to the hydrogen fuel industry

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ASTM International, a worldwide standards committee with a focus on alternative energy, has begun drafting new standards that will govern the transportation industries use of hydrogen fuel. The new standards will be the last in a long series that will determine the quality and function of hydrogen fuel cells and hydrogen-powered vehicles. The auto industry has long been waiting for the standards and expects that they will help promote hydrogen throughout the industry. The two standards currently being drafted concern the testing methods used to determine the quality of hydrogen…

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Hydrogen vehicles tested in France surpass expectations of government officials

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France has taken a keen interest in alternative energy recently. The nation hosted an event targeting hydrogen-powered cars last month. Nearly all major automakers with plans for hydrogen were in attendance at a racetrack outside of Paris, where their vehicles were tested on fuel efficiency, performance and durability in a 15-mile gauntlet. French government officials had expected only a few of the vehicles to pass the daunting challenge, but were quite surprised when all of the vehicles surpassed their expectations. Honda, Opel, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and Toyota were all in attendance…

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