Automakers seek to help Japan establish a hydrogen society

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Nissan, Toyota, and Honda to work together to propel the development of a hydrogen society in Japan Japan’s three largest automakers are planning to work together in order to help the country establish a functioning hydrogen society. Toyota, Nissan, and Honda will be using funds supplied from the Development Bank of Japan in order to build a working hydrogen network. This network is meant to supply hydrogen fuel to new vehicles and those making use of fuel cell energy systems. Clean transportation is the primary focus on the endeavor, with…

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Researchers aim to produce renewable hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles

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Australian researchers launch new project focused on producing hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles Researchers from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization have launched a new $2.5 million project to help develop technology that will provide fuel cell vehicles with the hydrogen they need to operate. The 2-year project aims to produce hydrogen without also generating a large amount of harmful emissions. The project will build upon research already carried out by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, which involved the separating of pure hydrogen from mixed gases. Project…

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Lexus may be setting its sights on hydrogen fuel cells

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Trademark filing hints at Lexus’ use of hydrogen fuel cells Luxury automaker Lexus may be on the verge of officially unveiling its hydrogen-powered concept vehicle. A new trademark filing in the United States suggests that the company may soon share more details concerning this vehicle, which may serve as a glimpse into future Lexus productions. The automaker has been showing an interest in hydrogen fuel cells for several years, but has only hinted at the possibility of releasing a fuel cell vehicle at some point in the future. Lexus has…

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Toyota is experimenting with new types of hydrogen fuel cells

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Toyota is using a new fuel cell system to power a manufacturing facility in Japan Toyota has become a prominent name in the fuel cell industry. The company has showcased how capable hydrogen fuel cells are at providing power for vehicles and, in emergency situations, even homes. The company’s focus on fuel cells is part of its overarching effort to rely more heavily on clean power and make transportation more environmentally friendly. Now, the automaker is experimenting with a new fuel cell system that is being used to power one…

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Japan to support the adoption of hydrogen fuel cells in transportation

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Japan aims to bring more fuel cell vehicles to the roads Japan has ambitious plans for the future of clean transportation. Clean vehicles have been establishing a strong presence throughout the country for some time, but now Japan intends to show greater support for hydrogen fuel cells in an effort to make transportation more environmentally friendly. This aligns with Japan’s plans to establish a hydrogen society, which would derive much of its electricity from fuel cells. In the future, Japan will expand its use of hydrogen fuel cells, moving these…

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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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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 develops new catalyst for fuel cell vehicles

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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

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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

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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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Large companies come together to launch the Hydrogen Council

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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

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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

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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

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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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