Toyota develops new catalyst for fuel cell vehicles

Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle - Image of Toyota Mirai

Automaker has made a major breakthrough in fuel cell technology Toyota has developed a new catalyst that could go a long way in making fuel cell vehicles more attractive, affordable, and efficient. The Japanese automaker has been investing heavily in hydrogen fuel cells in an effort to produce new, cleaner vehicles. Equipped with these fuel cells, the new vehicles produce no harmful emissions but perform on par with their conventional counterparts. The new catalyst designed by Toyota is meant to help address some of the challenges facing fuel cell vehicles…

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Shell and Toyota partner to build new hydrogen fuel stations in California

Hydrogen Fuel Stations - Partnership

Shell and Toyota will work to develop a larger hydrogen infrastructure Shell, one of the largest oil and gas companies in the world, has formed a partnership with Japanese automaker Toyota in order to build new hydrogen fuel stations in California. The partnership represents another small step in Shell’s ongoing efforts to focus on fuels other than oil and gas. Hydrogen is quickly gaining momentum in the transportation space and some believe that this fuel has the potential to displace traditional petroleum at some point in the future. California has…

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Toyota issues recall for its Mirai due to software glicth

Mirai Software Problem - Inspecting code

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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Large companies come together to launch the Hydrogen Council

Hydrogen Council - Companies Come Together

Hydrogen Council seeks to help expand the use of hydrogen fuel cells Several leading automotive, energy, and engineering firms have come together to established the “Hydrogen Council.” The council was announced alongside the World Economic Forum’s Davos Summit and aims to establish hydrogen fuel as a tool that can be used to ease the transition away from fossil-fuels toward cleaner forms of power. BMW, Shell, Total, and Toyota are among the companies that have involved themselves in the new Hydrogen Council. Companies expected to accelerate their investments in the hydrogen…

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Mercedes-Benz sees promise in fuel cell vehicles in the short-term

Fuel Cell Vehicles - Image of Mercedes-Benz Car

German automaker believes that fuel cell vehicles will be popular in the short-term Mercedes-Benz has made short-term plans to launch and support its F-Cell range of fuel cell vehicles, but the automaker’s long-term plans for hydrogen are much more uncertain. The company was among the first to demonstrate the capabilities of hydrogen fuel cells in the transportation space, but has lagged behind its competitors in bringing fuel cell vehicles to the market. Despite its interest in hydrogen fuel cells, Mercedes-Benz has begun to withdraw support from these energy systems, but…

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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

Hydrogen Infrastructure - hydrogen fuel station

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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Global fuel cell market expected to see growth through 2020

Fuel Cell Industry Growth

Report highlights the growing fuel cell market The fuel cell industry is expected to experience healthy growth over the coming years, according to a new report offered by MarketResearchReports. The report highlights the trends that are powering the growth of the fuel cell market. One of the most impactful of these trends is the availability of government initiatives that aim to aid the adoption of clean vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. Fuel cells have become particularly popular in the transportation space due to such initiatives. Fuel cell vehicles are…

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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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Hyundai’s Ioniq ranked as the most fuel efficient fuel cell vehicle

New Ioniq wins a major victory in the United States South Korean automaker Hyundai has achieved a major victory with its new electric sedan, called the Ioniq. The company has been promoting its latest fuel cell vehicle for a relatively short period of time, but this vehicle has already garnered significant praise. Much of this praise comes from the United States, where the Ioniq has been dubbed the most efficient electric vehicle every produced. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency claims that the Ioniq is even more efficient than its competitors…

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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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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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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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ITM Power signs new deal to supply Hyundai with hydrogen fuel

New contract will have ITM Power supply hydrogen fuel to Hyundai Motor UK ITM Power, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells and storage solutions, has signed a new fuel contract with Hyundai Motor UK. Through this contract, ITM Power will be providing the fuel needed to power the automaker’s fleet comprised of fuel cell vehicles. These vehicles were developed by Hyundai in an effort to promote clean transportation. These vehicles have to the United Kingdom, where they are largely being used by companies and government organizations interested in clean…

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Toyota has tamed battery technology

Automaker believes that it has solved the problems associated with battery technology Japanese automaker Toyota has made an ambitious claim. The company suggests that it has “tamed” lithium-ion battery technology. The claim follows years in which Toyota seemingly lost interest in battery technology, opting instead to support hydrogen fuel cells and more conventional solutions. Toyota has a long history with batteries, however, and during the company’s lull in outright support for battery technology, Toyota seems to have made major advances with its batteries. Toyota has made batteries safer and more…

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