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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Supermarket chain announces its first hydrogen fuel station in the UK

Sainsbury will become the first supermarket chain in Britain to sell hydrogen to motorists. While governments are encouraging consumers to consider purchasing green vehicles, like hydrogen fuel celled cars, the trouble in many countries, like the United Kingdom, is that the refueling infrastructure to support the mass adoption of these vehicles hasn’t been developed, but now with Britain’s large supermarket chain Sainsbury announcing the opening of its first hydrogen station, the first small steps toward solving this problem are being taken in the UK. Sainsbury’s Hendon Store is to be…

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More automakers are betting on hydrogen fuel cells

Companies are beginning to show strong support for clean transportation. Automakers are beginning to show more favor for hydrogen fuel cells. The demand for clean vehicles is beginning to grow among consumers as governments are keen to introduce initiatives meant to encourage the purchase of environmentally friendly cars. While demand is on the rise, many automakers have expressed concern about the slow sale of conventional electrics. As such, some automakers have begun to invest in hydrogen fuel cells, which they believe could be the future vehicle of choice among consumers.…

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Will commuters pay more for a hydrogen fuel cell car than a traditional electric?

HydrogenFuelNews.com has released the results of its latest survey concerning fuel cell vehicles. The survey asked the site’s readers if they believed fuel cell vehicles would be as popular as traditional electric vehicles and whether or not they would pay more for a fuel cell vehicle than a hybrid car. The results suggests that the majority of respondents do not believe that fuel cell vehicles will become popular any time soon, but the survey also suggests that respondents would be willing to pay more for these vehicles. Fuel cell vehicles…

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Toyota bets on the success of hydrogen fuel cells

Toyota to allow deal with Tesla Motors to expire this year It is no secret that Toyota has a vested interest in fuel cell technology. The Japanese automaker has plans to commercially launch its first fuel cell vehicle next year and has been investing in the development of a working hydrogen fuel infrastructure in many parts of the world. For years, however, Toyota has had a deal with Tesla Motors. Toyota had invested $50 million in Tesla in 2010 and had signed a $100 million joint-development agreement with the company…

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New project aims to build a working hydrogen fuel infrastructure in the US

Fuel infrastructure project launched by national laboratories The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories have come together to launch a new project that will support the H2USA initiative. H2USA is a public-private partnership that is managed by the U.S. Department of Energy. The initiative aims to ensure that fuel cell vehicles find success in the U.S. by helping establish a working hydrogen fuel infrastructure and promoting clean transportation. The new project coming from the national laboratories will focus more on infrastructure development than any of the other issues…

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New hydrogen fuel vehicles are coming to Hawaii

Hawaii to serve as testing ground for new fuel cell vehicles Hawaii will soon receive new hydrogen-powered vehicles that will be operated at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. These vehicles will be used to shuttle tourists and tow aircraft and will also provide valuable information concerning the capabilities of fuel cell vehicles. Hawaii has become a popular place to test fuel cell vehicles due to its relatively small size and the fact that it receives the majority of its fuel as imports from other…

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Electric vehicles receive full support from Tesla

Tesla Motors Inc. believes electric cars are the green future for the auto industry. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors Inc., does not believe that hydrogen fuel vehicles will ever thrive in the automobile marketplace and that electric vehicles (EVs) will be the superior choice, which is why Tesla has placed all of its support behind EVs and has not invested in hydrogen-powered cars like other big motor companies, including Honda, Toyota and Hyundai. Green vehicles face three major roadblocks, starting with affordability. Although it is still a mystery…

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Hydrogen fuel cars could be important to California’s future

Prominent automobile manufactures invest in hydrogen fueled cars. According to the representatives from five major motor companies, who were recently involved in a panel discussion that took place in Torrance, California may become the testing place for hydrogen fuel cars over the next several years. Carmakers will be required to follow new regulations in California by 2025. There is a strong push for non-gas-powered vehicles in the Golden State. By the year 2025, automobile manufacturers will have to ensure that 15 percent of their total car sales come from selling…

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Hydrogen fuel cell developer has plans to expand beyond materials handling

Plug Power set to expand into new territory in the future Plug Power, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has been focusing on producing fuel cells for the materials handling sector for the past few years. The company has seen a great deal of success in the materials handling sector, but is now ready to expand into new sectors that may lead to further growth. Plug Power has plans to produce fuel cells for refrigerated delivery trucks and airport support vehicles. These fuel cells will be fundamentally similar to…

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The Future of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars: Will They Come Down in Cost?

Incentives for Hydrogen Fuel Car Buyers Energy efficiency mandates like California’s (which requires that by 2025, at least 1.5 million new vehicles on the road produce zero emissions) are poised to change the future of vehicle production. Yet hydrogen fuel cells (HFC) are known for their high price tag, which can be off-putting to many consumers and outright cost-prohibitive to some. As new legislation continues to appear, will these cars come down in cost and become a more viable option for eco-conscious consumers? Some automakers have planned incentives to attract…

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European Parliament announces plans to support the adoption of hydrogen fuel vehicles as well as others

EU aims to support the aggressive adoption of clean transportation throughout the region in order to mitigate fuel costs The European Parliament has unveiled plans to further reduce Europe’s dependence on fossil-fuels by focusing more heavily on clean transportation. According to the European Parliament, 94% of the energy consumed by transportation in 2010 was oil-based. Approximately 84% of this oil was imported and the costs of bringing oil in from outside the European Union contributed to a 2.5% gross domestic product deficit for the whole region. A continued reliance on…

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Honda hopes to see growing demand for fuel cell vehicles

Honda expects low sales for its new hydrogen vehicle when launched in 2015 Japanese automaker Honda has high hopes for hydrogen fuel cells and their use in clean transportation. The company is not alone, of course, as most major automakers have plans concerning the use of fuel cells in a new generation of vehicles. Many of these automakers have plans to launch their hydrogen-powered vehicles in 2015, but Honda believes that only a small number of fuel cell vehicles will be sold when they are officially launched. Numerous factors expected…

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GM and Honda reveal plans concerning hydrogen fuel cells

Partnership between automakers may have a major impact on fuel cells and transportation Last year, prominent automakers Honda and General Motors entered into a partnership concerning hydrogen fuel cells and their use in transportation. Both companies have a strong interest in clean transportation, with Honda boasting of its own hydrogen-powered vehicle operating in California and General Motors working to improve fuel cell technology for vehicles. The partnership between these two companies have been shrouded in mystery, to some degree, with both companies simply suggesting that they would work together to…

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Hydrogen fuel cell developer raises funds with public offering

FuelCell Energy sells 22 million shares FuelCell Energy, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, is one of the few companies in the fuel cell industry that is verging on reaching profitability. This has been an elusive goal for the industry as a whole due to the high costs associated with fuel cell production. Recently, FuelCell Energy opened itself to public trading, offering some 22 million shares at $1.25 a piece. While fuel cells themselves have received a significant amount of negative attention in recent years, the company’s public offering…

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Daimler CEO has little favor for hydrogen fuel cars

CEO has yet to be won over by the concept of fuel cells in transportation Daimler, one of the world’s leading automakers, has been a supporter of hydrogen fuel for the past few years. The company, alongside its various offshoots, has been aiding in the development of a hydrogen fuel infrastructure throughout Europe in the hopes of building a strong foundation for the release of hydrogen fuel cars. While the company has been showing support for fuel cells and their use in transportation, its CEO, Dieter Zetsche, has little hope…

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