Fuel cell vehicles are gaining momentum, according to new report

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Report shows that some 6,000 hydrogen-powered cars will have been sold by year’s end More than 6,000 fuel cell vehicles could be sold throughout the world by the end of this year, according to the new report “Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles: A Global Analysis.” The report shows that some 5,500 vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells have already been sold. Approximately 2,400 of these vehicles were sold in the first three quarters of this year alone.  Naqi Jaffery, the leady author of the report, suggests that “at least 10 brands…

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Hyundai has big plans for its new fuel cell vehicle

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Automaker plans to launch a new fuel cell vehicle by 2018 South Korean automaker Hyundai has plans to launch a new fuel cell vehicle in the near future. The company already offers such a vehicle in the form of its ix35, a utility vehicle equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell. The ix35 has been relatively successful, which has encouraged Hyundai to develop and launch a new fuel cell vehicle that it claims will be more efficient than its predecessor. The new fuel cell vehicle is expected to be launched in…

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Hyundai unveils new FE Concept equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell

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FE Concept is yet another step forward in Hyundai’s clean transportation efforts South Korean automaker Hyundai has unveiled a new concept car that is equipped with hydrogen fuel cell technology. Called the FE Concept, the new vehicle is yet another step in Hyundai’s efforts to improve upon previous models of fuel cell vehicles. The FE Concept is equipped with more advanced technology than previous models, which may help Hyundai better demonstrate the capabilities of fuel cell vehicles and draw yet more attention to hydrogen fuel cells and how they can…

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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 Chungcheong becomes production hub for fuel cell vehicles

Province declared hub of production hub for parts to be used in electric vehicles The South Korean province of South Chungcheong has been declared the country’s hub for the production of fuel cell vehicle parts. The province has successfully passed a government feasibility assessment, which has established it as a major production entity that will provide strong support for clean vehicles in the future. New facilities will be built to accommodate the demand for components needed to build fuel cell vehicles. These facilities are expected to provide the province with…

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Norway and South Korea could team to support hydrogen fuel cars

Norwegian Ambassador calls for greater cooperation between South Korea and Norway Norway is looking to form a closer relationship with South Korea in order to support hydrogen fuel cars. Norwegian Ambassador Jan Grevstad has called for greater cooperation between the two countries in order to support clean transportation. Grevstad notes that both countries have a great deal of expertise in the energy, maritime, and oil industries and this has created new opportunities for businesses in both countries. Moreover, both South Korea and Norway are focusing more heavily on renewable energy,…

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Local governments are embracing hydrogen fuel cars

City of Long Beach and Sacramento County purchase new vehicles from Toyota Two of California’s public fleets will be making use of new hydrogen fuel cars from Toyota. One is operated by the City of Long Beach,  with four others being operated by Sacramento County. The latter plans to add another six fuel cell cars to its fleet in the coming years. Each of these vehicles cost the state approximately $41,000, with a $15,000 credit being provided by the California Air Resources Board. Toyota is also providing as much as…

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Quebec aims to embrace hydrogen fuel cells to promote clean transportation

Province wants more people to purchase clean vehicles as part of its energy strategy Quebec, Canada, is preparing itself to embrace clean transportation more aggressively. The Quebec government has begun to push for the adoption of clean vehicles, which is part of its overarching energy strategy. The strategy was introduced earlier this year. Quebec intends to cut the use of fossil-fuels by 40% by 2030. Notably, hydrogen fuel cells may play a significant role in the province’s push for clean transportation. These energy systems have become quite important in the…

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India aims to promote hydrogen fuel cells in the transportation space

New report establishes roadmap for adoption of clean vehicles The Indian government has released a new draft report that highlights the country’s efforts to embrace clean transportation, particularly where hydrogen fuel cells are concerned. The government intends to embrace fuel cell vehicles in the coming years in order to make transportation more environmentally friendly and open up new economic opportunities. The report calls for those in various industries to help commercialize fuel cell technology so that it can establish a stronger foothold in the country’s growing market. Government to invest…

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Former Tesla co-founder believes hydrogen fuel cells are nothing more than a scam

Battle between batteries and fuel cells is heating up With clean transportation gaining momentum, the tension surrounding batteries and hydrogen fuel cells is beginning to increase. Many automakers have begun to show support for fuel cells, but others, including Tesla Motors, believe that batteries are the best solution for the clean transportation space. Tesla, in particular, has been rather outspoken concerning its support of battery technology and its lack of faith in hydrogen fuel cells. Even former members of the company believe that fuel cells may be nothing more than…

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New car-share company aims to expose consumers to hydrogen fuel cells

BeeZero to open in Germany, offering access to fuel cell vehicles The very first car-sharing company offering access to fuel cell vehicles is about to open in Germany. Currently, very few people have fuel vehicles of their own, despite their interest in clean transportation. Automakers have been working to promote the adoption of these vehicles, but they are simply too expensive for many consumers. As such, car-sharing company BeeZero will fill the demand for clean vehicles by allowing consumers to drive cars equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. 50 ix35 vehicles…

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Japan aims to bring more hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to the road

Government wants to increase the number of fuel cell vehicles available to consumers The Japanese government wants to increase the number of fuel cell vehicles on the roads by a considerable margin in the coming years in an effort to push clean transportation. Currently, Japan is home to approximately 500 vehicles that are equipped with hydrogen fuel cells, which produce no harmful emissions. These vehicles are considered more efficient than those making use of lithium-ion batteries, as they can be fueled in a matter of minutes and can travel for…

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Cost of fuel cell vehicles must come down in order for them to be successful

Cost, not infrastructure, may be the most problematic issue for fuel cell vehicles Fuel cell vehicles are coming, but their success is not guaranteed. These vehicles consume hydrogen fuel in order to operate, with their fuel cells using this hydrogen to generate electrical power. For these vehicles to be useful to consumers, they need access to a hydrogen infrastructure; something much of the world currently lacks. While lacking infrastructure may be considered one of the greatest challenges facing fuel cell vehicles, their high cost may actually prevent their overall success.…

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Suzuki to test its new hydrogen fuel vehicle in Japan

Automaker plans to test new fuel cell motorcycle on public roads next year Japanese automaker Suzuki has announced plans to commercialize its new fuel cell motorcycle and the company will begin testing the vehicle on public roads next year. The vehicle is equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell, which makes it environmentally friendly, which allows it to fit in well with the Japanese government’s plans to support clean transportation. In order for fuel cell motorcycles to find success, however, the government will have to introduce new environmental and safety standards…

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Honda and GM seek to expand partnership on hydrogen fuel cells and driverless vehicles

Automakers could expand their partnership to focus more heavily on driverless vehicles Japanese automaker Honda will be expanding its partnership with General Motors concerning the development of driverless vehicles. The two companies are already working together to improve hydrogen fuel cell technology, hoping to make these energy systems more efficient and less expensive. The auto industry has become heavily interested in fuel cell vehicles, which produce no harmful emissions and run off hydrogen fuel. Driverless vehicles are also becoming a more important focus of the auto industry, with many automakers…

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Toyota has ambitious plans for hydrogen fuel cells

Automaker aims to sell more than 30,000 fuel cell vehicles by 2020 Japanese automaker Toyota plans to sell some 30,000 fuel cell vehicles throughout the world by 2020. The company also has ambitious plans for the future of its production vehicles, planning to eventually phase out its gasoline models over the coming decades. Toyota sees significant promise in fuel cell vehicles, partly because they produce no harmful emissions, but also because they are not lacking in performance when compared to more traditional vehicles that the automaker has made. Toyota is…

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