New concept car could highlight the future of fuel cell vehicles from Toyota

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Automaker will be showing off its new concept car Toyota is preparing to unveil a new concept care equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell system. The system will make use of advanced technology that Toyota has been working on for the past few years. The automaker hopes that the new vehicle will have 50% more driving range than its current fuel cell car, the Mirai. The new concept car may highlight Toyota’s future interests with how hydrogen fuel can be used to power a new generation of fuel cell vehicles.…

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Toyota to begin testing new trucks equipped with hydrogen fuel cells

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Automaker is set to begin tests through its Project Portal initiative Japanese automaker Toyota has begun testing new heavy-duty trucks that are part of its Project Portal initiative. These trucks are being put to use at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The vehicles are equipped with hydrogen fuel cells, which generate electricity without also producing harmful emissions. Toyota believes that these energy systems can be used to effectively operate clean vehicles. Indeed, Toyota already offers a fuel cell vehicle that has managed to find modest success. Project…

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The Netherlands confirms plans for electric vehicles

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Dutch government will be banning the sale of all new gas-powered vehicles by 2030 The Dutch government has confirmed its plans to make all new cars emission-free by 2030. The Netherlands has taken the issue of clean transportation very seriously. The country intends to cut emissions by a significant level and it aims to accomplish this by making conventional vehicles no longer accessible. The government’s plan effectively serves as a ban on all gas powered cars by 2030, with only electric vehicles to be available thereafter. Government targets transportation to…

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GM foresees and ambitious future for fuel cells

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GM is working to develop its promising SURUS platform Three of the world’s largest automakers – Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota – have all released fuel cell vehicles for consumers in the United States. Automaker General Motors has shown an interest in fuel cell technology, but has opted to not join these companies in mass producing a new car. Instead, General Motors is focusing on the potential future of fuel cell transportation. As such, the company has been working hard to develop its new Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS) platform.…

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Fuel cells may be losing the efficiency battle with batteries

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Study suggests batteries are much more energy efficient than fuel cells Fuel cells have come to establish a relatively strong position in the global auto industry, but they may soon lose their battle with battery technology. A new study from Transport & Environment, an environment organization in Europe, suggests that batteries will win the clean transportation fight. The study suggests that the overall efficiency of battery electric vehicles is significantly higher than vehicles equipped with fuel cells. Some automakers have recently been showing more interest in batteries because they are…

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Cologne now has the largest fleet of fuel cell buses in Europe

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City has embraced fuel cell buses aggressively Cologne, Germany, has become home to the largest fuel cell bus fleet in Europe. The city has invested heavily in clean transportation, a move that has been heavily supported by the German government. Cologne’s Regionalverkehr Koln GmbH has been awarded with $8.7 million, which will be used to purchase 30 fuel cell buses. The funding will also be used to develop two new hydrogen fuel stations that will serve these vehicles. Funding will be used to bring new vehicles to the market and…

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GM unveils plans for new electric vehicles

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Automaker announces plans to produce two new electric vehicles General Motors has announced plans to begin selling new electric vehicles within the next 18 months. The new vehicles are part of the automaker’s overarching clean transportation plan. By 2023, GM plans to have no less than 20 electric vehicles as part of its lineup. The automaker has shown significant interest in clean vehicles in recent years and is even working with other companies to develop new technology that will power these vehicles in the future. New vehicles may be powered…

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Proton Onsite and Nel will provide technology to new hydrogen fuel station in California

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SunLine taps Proton Onsite and Nel Hydrogen Solutions to provide technology for new fueling station Proton Onsite, a leading developer of hydrogen technologies, and Nel Hydrogen Solutions have been tapped to provide products to California’s SunLine Transit Agency. SunLine is currently developing the world’s largest combined hydrogen production and fueling facility. Once fully operational, the facility will be able to produce as much as 900 kilograms of hydrogen fuel per day. This fuel will be used to power new buses that are powered by fuel cell systems. New hydrogen fuel…

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Volkswagen may be moving away from hydrogen fuel cells

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Automaker could be ditching fuel cells in favor of batteries German automaker Volkswagen may be starting to distance itself from hydrogen fuel cells. The company has long been ambivalent concerning these energy systems, preferring batteries that can power new vehicles. In recent years, the automaker had shown more interest in fuel cells, particularly through its Audi brand. This is changing, however, as Volkswagen begins to focus more of its attention on clean vehicles. Volkswagen has plans to embrace battery technology The automaker has not been shy with its criticisms regarding…

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Microsoft begins testing new fuel cells

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Company is now testing natural gas fuel cells for future use Microsoft has begun showing more interest in fuel cells. The company has commenced testing on natural gas fuel cells that may eventually be used to provide electricity to its data centers. Microsoft has several data centers throughout the country, which consume a total of 2% of all electricity generated in the United States. By embracing fuel cells, the company may be able to reduce its strain on the energy grid and become more environmentally friendly. Seattle facility will be…

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Hydrogen fuel cells could help energy security in Europe

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Conference highlights the energy security potential of fuel cell systems Europe’s energy security may be boosted through the use of hydrogen fuel cells, according to suggested made at a recent conference held in Estonia. The conference was organized by Estonia’s National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics and VTT, a technical research organization in Finland. Elcogen, a developer of solid oxide fuel cell systems, was also heavily involved in the organization of the event. During the conference, speakers suggested that existing hydrogen fuel cells could help solve Europe’s energy security…

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Ballard joins the global Hydrogen Council

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Ballard will be joining internationally-recognized advisory group Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of fuel cell technology, has announced that it has been officially invited to join the Hydrogen Council. The organization is an internationally-recognized advisory group. The Hydrogen Council is meant to provide long-term insight on the capabilities of fuel cells and how they can be used in the future. The organization was officially launched earlier this year at the World Economic Forum 2017 in Switzerland. Organization aims to promote the use of fuel cells and hydrogen-based technologies As…

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Toyota Australia has high hopes for fuel cell vehicles

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Australian division of Toyota believes that fuel cell vehicles will find success in the future Japanese automaker Toyota has high hopes for its future endeavors in the clean transportation space. While several major automakers have begun taking a very specific focus on clean vehicles, Toyota plans to maintain its broad approach to the clean transportation sector. Toyota’s Australian division believes that it is in an ideal position to promote clean vehicles throughout the country. Toyota Australia has particular faith in fuel cell vehicles, three of which the automaker has brought…

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New material could lead to a new generation of fuel cells

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Research team develops new material that could benefit fuel cells A team of researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new material that could lead to a new generation of hydrogen fuel cells. The material is a mix of metal nanocrystals that are enveloped in graphene. Researchers believe that the new material could allow for enhanced hydrogen storage properties. This could make fuel cells more efficient and a much more attractive option when compared to other clean energy systems. Material makes use of graphene and magnesium nanocrystals…

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Nisshinbo catalyst could be a boon for the fuel cell industry

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New catalyst could lead to less expensive fuel cell systems Nisshinbo Holdings is working to commercialize its first platinum-free fuel cell catalyst. If successful, the Japanese company will be among the first to bring such a catalyst to the market. The new catalyst could have a major impact on the fuel cell industry as a whole. The catalyst may be able to make fuel cells significantly more affordable, thereby increasing their attractiveness to those interested in clean technology and renewable energy. Company hopes to help fuel cells become more attractive…

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New York offers new rebates for clean vehicles

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Rebates will help municipalities embrace clean cars New York is looking to boost the adoption of clean vehicles and has begun offering higher rebates for those looking to bring these cars into their municipal fleets. The state government has announced that $2.2 million from the Environmental Protection Fund is now being committed to these rebates. The rebates will be used to promote the adoption of clean vehicles among municipalities. These municipalities are becoming more interested in clean transportation as a way to reduce the production of harmful emissions. New rebates…

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