Toyota to test freight truck equipped with hydrogen fuel cells in California

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Automaker will be testing a new hydrogen-powered truck in California Toyota has announced that it will begin testing a new heavy-duty truck powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The truck will operate at the Port of Los Angeles in California. The technology that powers the truck is part of what Toyota calls “Project Portal.” This project focuses on how hydrogen fuel cells can be used to power a wide range of vehicles, from compact sedans to heavy-duty trucks. Toyota’s new truck will be making use of two hydrogen systems that come…

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Toyota is set to test fuel cell vehicles in China

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Automaker will begin testing the Mirai in China this year Japanese automaker Toyota has announced that it will begin testing its fuel cell vehicle in China. The company released the Mirai in late 2014 and the vehicle has generated a great deal of buzz since then. Toyota has been working to expand its reach in clean transportation and believes that China may be a prominent market where fuel cell vehicles could succeed. As such, the automaker will begin testing the Mirai in the country beginning in October of this year….

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Toyota to use artificial intelligence to research fuel cells

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New project will leverage the power of artificial intelligence to improve fuel cells Toyota has taken a strong liking to hydrogen fuel cells in recent years. The automaker has already launched its first fuel cell vehicle, called the Mirai, and intends to use fuel cell technology well into the future. The problem with fuel cells, however, is that they are expensive and they have efficiency issues that make them less viable than conventional engines. The Toyota Research Institute intends to address these problems, with the help of artificial intelligence. Use…

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Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is attracting more attention as launch approaches

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More information concerning the Clarity Fuel Cell is coming to light Honda has revealed more information about its highly anticipated Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle. The new car has won praise from those that have tested it, with some dubbing the Clarity Fuel Cell the finest vehicle to be produced in Japan. The new vehicle is the first of three clean cars that Honda intends to release this year. The other vehicles will be a standard hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. The Clarity Fuel Cell, however, will be powered completely through…

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Toyota launches new fuel cell bus in Tokyo

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Automaker bring a new fuel cell bus to Tokyo Toyota’s first fuel cell bus has come to Japan. The automaker has delivered this new vehicle to the Bureau of Transportation of the Tokyo Metropolitan government. The agency will begin regularly operating the new bus beginning in March. Toyota has plans to deliver its second fuel cell bus later that month as well. Tokyo officials believe that more than 100 fuel cell buses will be operating in the city by 2020, when the city will play host to the 2020 Olympic…

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Toyota issues recall for its Mirai due to software glicth

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Mirai suffers from a software glitch that could cause some problems for drivers Toyota has issued a recall of 2,843 units of its Mirai. The Mirai is the first time Toyota has used a hydrogen fuel cell to power a customer vehicle. The automaker has found some modest success with the new car and has been demonstrating the capabilities of the Mirai in many prominent markets. Some had expressed concern over the Mirai’s use of hydrogen fuel, largely due to the volatility of hydrogen itself, but the recall has little…

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Kia intends to launch a new fuel cell vehicle in 2021

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Kia has confirmed plans to develop a new fuel cell vehicle, ready for release at some point in 2021 South Korean automaker Kia Motors has confirmed that it is working on developing a new vehicle equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell. The automaker has expressed interest fuel cells in the past, but has been slow to announce definitive plans to use this technology to power a new generation of cars. Now, however, Kia believes that fuel cells have reached a point where they can be very valuable transportation tools. The…

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Honda Clarity Fuel Cell priced to compete with the Toyota Mirai

Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle

Honda is looking to compete more aggressively with other automakers in clean transportation Japanese automaker Honda is preparing to launch its new fuel cell vehicle, called the Clarity Fuel Cell, and the company is looking to compete with others that have already released such vehicles. Specifically, Honda has targeted Toyota as its chief competitor in the fuel cell field. Therefore, Honda has announced that it will be pricing the Clarity Fuel Cell to compete with Toyota’s new Mirai, which is already available in California. Clarity Fuel Cell lease terms may…

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Hyundai to update its fuel cell vehicle to be 30% more efficient

Hyundai ix35 hydrogen fuel car

New clean vehicle model expected to be launched in 2018 South Korean automaker Hyundai is preparing to release another clean vehicle equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell, but it may not be available until early 2018. The company already has a fuel cell vehicle available, called the ix35, and it began delivering the first of these new cars to the United States in June of 2014. Since then, other major automakers have released their own fuel cell vehicles, some finding modest success with their offerings. Hyundai’s new vehicle, however, could…

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Europe leads the way in establishing a comprehensive hydrogen infrastructure

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Hydrogen infrastructure in Europe is growing quickly Europe is leading the way in the development of new hydrogen fuel stations, but it is lagging behind the United States in the sale of fuel cell vehicles. The European Alternative Fuels Observatory notes that Europe’s hydrogen market is growing at a healthy rate. Currently, 75 hydrogen stations are in operation throughout the region, more than double what can be found in the U.S. The United Kingdom, Denmark, France, Germany, and the Netherlands currently have the most hydrogen stations open to the public….

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Toyota Australia launches new mobile hydrogen refueller

New refueller will help power the Mirai no matter where it is Toyota Australia recently unveiled its first mobile hydrogen refueller, which will be used to keep three Mirai vehicles fueled no matter where they are. The new refueller is meant to ensure that the Mirai can travel anywhere a conventional car can go, even if those areas lack a hydrogen infrastructure. The mobile fuel station has been developed by local engineers and hydrogen suppliers and represents a significant breakthrough for fuel cell vehicles in Australia. Mobile hydrogen refueller will…

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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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Toyota Mirai sees a major spike in sales

Cut in lease pricing leads to higher sales for the Toyota Mirai Japanese automaker Toyota is preparing to launch a new model of its increasingly popular fuel cell vehicle, the Mirai. The new model is set to be launched next year and will be somewhat different from Toyota’s current offering. While these changes may be modest, with the new Mirai being more efficient and coming in a new color, one change may make the vehicle more attractive to consumers. Toyota plans to cut the lease price of the new Toyota…

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Toyota releases more details of 2017 fuel cell vehicle model

2017 Mirai will be more efficient than its predecessor Toyota has revealed more details about its 2017 Mirai, the next model of its increasingly popular fuel cell vehicle. The first iteration of the Mirai was launched in early 2015. The vehicle quickly found success in Japan, where Toyota had to increase production due to higher than expected demand among consumers. Since then, Toyota has been eager to improve its fuel cell technology in order to produce a more efficient and attractive vehicle. EPA awards 2017 Mirai with a 312 mile…

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Toyota grows more ambitious with its fuel cell cars

Automaker has big plans for fuel cell cars in the coming years Toyota has ambitious plans when it comes to clean transportation. The Japanese automaker has made significant progress in establishing a strong presence in the clean vehicle market, having broken into this sector with the successful Prius. Recently, the company launched its first fuel cell car, the Mirai. This vehicle has managed to acquire some momentum in certain markets and Toyota intends to continue pushing ahead with its clean transportation plans. The Mirai will play a major role in…

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Toyota’s Hydrogen Horizon Automotive Challenge aims to help students build fuel cell vehicles

Hydrogen Horizon Automotive Challenge is providing students with new opportunities Japanese automaker Toyota has taken initiative on clean transportation and is teaching students how to build vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. This is part of the company’s Hydrogen Horizon Automotive Challenge. Through this challenge, the automaker is instructing high school students on how to develop fuel cell vehicles. These vehicles are small and controlled via remote. Toyota believes that the program will help teach teens about climate change and the growing importance of clean transportation. Program aims to facilitate…

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