Honda and Hitachi will work together to support electric vehicles

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Honda teams with Hitachi to launch a new joint venture this year Japanese automaker Honda will be working with Hitachi’s auto parts subsidiary in order to launch a new joint venture. The venture will be responsible for developing small motors for new electric vehicles. Honda and Hitachi believe that the new venture will be able to establish a strong foothold in the increasingly competitive clean transportation sector. The endeavor represents yet another step in Honda’s ongoing efforts to produce high quality electric vehicles that appeal to consumers and businesses alike….

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

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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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SimpleFuel builds new appliance to allow drivers to power their fuel cell vehicles at home

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SimpleFuel wins prize from Department of Energy SimpleFuel, a collaboration of three separate companies, has been awarded a $1 million prize from the Department of Energy for a new appliance that could make fuel cell vehicles much more attractive to consumers. The appliance is a hydrogen home-fueling station. The purpose of the appliance is to allow those with fuel cell vehicles to generate hydrogen at home rather than force them to travel to a standalone hydrogen station, of which there are few. Home refueling could make fuel cell vehicles more…

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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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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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Study highlights the benefits of battery electric vehicles over those with fuel cells

New study draws attention to the advantages of battery electric vehicles A new study from researchers at Stanford University in the United States and the Technical University in Germany suggest that plug-in electric vehicles may be significantly more viable than their counterparts powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The study envisions a scenario approximately 30 years from now when new technology is more widely used and considerably more affordable. The study also envisions a future where a comprehensive infrastructure capable of supporting battery electrics and fuel cell vehicles comfortably. Batteries may…

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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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Market for large clean vehicles set to grow through 2026

Sale of electric buses to increase in coming decade Electric buses are set to become more plentiful throughout the world, according to a new report from Navigant Research. The market for medium and heavy duty electric drive buses is growing quickly, with hybrid, plug-in hybrids, batteries, and hydrogen fuel cells all becoming more prominent within this sector. Governments throughout the world have embraced legislation that call for a reduction in emissions production. In order to accomplish this, these governments have been investing more heavily in clean vehicles. Report predicts that…

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Tesla Motors acquires leading engineering firm to improve manufacturing

Grohmann Engineering to be acquired by Tesla Tesla Motors has announced that it will be acquiring Grohmann Engineering, a firm based in Germany. Through the acquisition deal, the engineering firm will become the leader of Tesla’s new Advanced Automation facility, which will be based in Germany. The facility is dedicated to aiding Tesla in increasing the automation and efficiency of its manufacturing process. Tesla has shown heavy support for automation as it would allow the company to produce its electric vehicles much more quickly and, potentially, at lower cost in…

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Toyota to focus more on electric vehicles

Automaker has plans to develop a battery-powered, long-range vehicle Toyota has announced plans to focus more heavily on battery-powered vehicles in the coming years. The company has long held an interest in batteries, but much of its attention had seemed to be fixed on hydrogen fuel cells. Now, however, Toyota plans to produce long-range, battery-powered vehicles by 2020, which will likely affect its production of fuel cell vehicles in the future. Toyota is not likely to abandon fuel cells, of course, but its focus on electric vehicles is growing more…

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Elon Musk calls for popular uprising against fossil-fuels industry

Musk sets his sights on fossil-fuels industry Elon Musk, co-founder of Tesla Motors and CEO of SpaceX, has set his sights on the old fossil-fuels industry. According to Musk, the fossil-fuel industry is the largest industry in the world and it is likely to remain this way without a “popular uprising.” In the future, Musk hopes to see a major shift toward more localized, clean energy systems, specifically solar panels and batteries. Without a popular uprising among consumers and other businesses, however, clean energy is not likely to establish a…

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Toyota begins showing off the new Prius Prime

Automaker has a new, very promising vehicle Toyota is expressing a great deal of enthusiasm for its new Prius Prime, which is an updated version of its popular Prius vehicle. The automaker has begun to show very strong support for clean technology and how this technology can be used in transportation. For many years, Toyota’s Prius, as well as its other vehicles, have served as indicators for future products from the company. The Prius Prime may follow this trend, especially when it comes to building larger vehicles making use of…

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Fuel cell vehicles may outpace battery electrics in the coming years

Report highlights the growing popularity of fuel cell vehicles Vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells are on track to catch up with battery electric vehicles in the coming years, according to the Global Market for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles report. The report notes that fuel cell vehicles have several advantages over their battery-powered counterparts. One of these advantages has to do with fueling. While electric vehicles can take several hours to fully charge, those equipped with hydrogen fuel cells only take minutes to fuel completely. This has proven to be…

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Daimler to compete with Tesla with new electric vehicles

Daimler is set to bring more competition to the clean transportation market German automaker Daimler is set to compete directly with Tesla Motors after announcing ambitious plans to launch numerous electric vehicles in the near future. The automaker has plans to launch as many as nine new electric vehicles by 2024. The company has not yet outlined specific details concerning its plans, but Daimler has a history with clean vehicles. The company’s future clean vehicles will likely be updated versions of its current offerings, if not entirely new models. Tesla…

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UN aims to help China embrace fuel cell vehicles

China will soon become the world’s leading market for fuel cell vehicles China is expected to become the world’s leading market for fuel cell vehicles in the coming years. The Chinese government has been showing strong support for clean transportation, encouraging automakers and various other companies, to embrace new technology and renewable energy. Indeed, clean transportation has been growing throughout the world, so much so that the United Nations is looking to develop this market in promising countries. UN project will help commercialize clean vehicles in China The United Nations…

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