Toyota brings buses equipped with fuel cells to Japan

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Automaker has begun selling its new hydrogen-powered bus Toyota has begun selling its new hydrogen-powered bus, called the Sora, in Japan. The bus is the first of its kind to receive vehicle-type certification in the country. Toyota previously revealed its plans to have no less than 100 new fuel cell buses on the roads of Tokyo by the time of the 2020 Olympic Games, which will be hosted by the city. The bus will serve alongside other fuel cell vehicles that will be used to transports athletes and attendees during…

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Mercedes-Benz is moving forward with its plans for new fuel cell vehicles

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New GLC F-Cell may be more advanced than other fuel cell vehicles Mercedes-Benz is making progress with its new GLC F-Cell vehicle. The new hydrogen-powered SUV has been under development for some time, with Mercedes-Benz beginning commercial production on the new vehicle in late 2017. Mercedes-Benz believes that its new fuel cell vehicles will be significantly more advanced than those being offered by competitors. This is because the automaker’s vehicles will be powered by advanced fuel cell technology, which is the result of extensive research and development efforts. New technology…

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Toyota deploys new forklifts powered by hydrogen fuel at its Motomachi Plant

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New hydrogen-powered forklifts have been deployed at the Motomachi Plant Japanese automaker Toyota has begun to ramp up its use of hydrogen fuel cells at its Motomachi Plant in the Aichi Prefecture. The company has deployed 20 new forklifts at the plant, each equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. Toyota has also built a new hydrogen station at the Motomachi Plant, which will provide the forklifts with the fuel they need to operate. The new forklifts will join two similar models that were first introduced to the facility in January of…

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London’s police set to use fuel cell vehicles

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Metropolitan Police Service has acquired 11 new fuel cell vehicles London’s Metropolitan Police Service (Met) has embraced fuel cell vehicles. The service has acquired 11 Toyota Mirai vehicles, which come in both marked and unmarked form. According to Toyota, the first of these vehicles has already been delivered. The new fuel cell vehicles represent the Met’s efforts to become more environmentally friendly and reduce emissions associated with the conventional cars that are used on a daily basis. New cars will help the police service cut down on emissions The new…

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Japanese companies launch venture to build more hydrogen fuel stations

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Hydrogen wins more support from Japanese companies A coalition of 11 Japanese companies have come together vowing to build 80 new hydrogen fuel stations throughout Japan by 2022. The alliance is comprised of automakers and energy firms, as well as several other companies interested in clean transportation. The companies have launched Japan H2 Mobility. The joint venture has strong backing from Toyota and JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy. The new company would be responsible for the construction and operation of new fueling stations that it builds. Government continues efforts to…

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Fuel cell vehicles are slowly gaining momentum

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Report highlights the modest success that hydrogen-powered cars are beginning to see Fuel cell vehicles are slowly beginning to gain traction in some parts of the world, but they have yet to find any mainstream success. According to a report from Information Trends, approximately 6,500 hydrogen-powered cars are in operation today. The majority of these vehicles are found in the United States, where California has become one of the world’s leading markets for clean vehicles. Approximately 38% of all fuel cell vehicles can be found in Japan, with 9% currently…

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New KPA solution will help fuel cell vehicles receive maintenance safely

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KPA develops new hydrogen sensors to support vehicle maintenance Toyota and KPA Services have begun working together to incorporate hydrogen sensors into vehicle repair facilities that are operated by KPA. These sensors would allow these facilities to serve fuel cell vehicles. The two companies have begun testing these sensors at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Hydrogen Sensor Laboratory. The new sensors could help ensure that maintenance on fuel cell vehicles is conducted safely, which could eventually increase consumer confidence in these vehicles. Safe vehicle maintenance has become a priority Automakers…

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Renewable energy makes impressive gains in the United States

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Report highlights the growth that clean power saw in 2017 Clean power saw impressive growth in the United States last year. The country’s renewable energy capacity grew significantly in 2017, with wind, solar, and hydropower finding greater degrees of success throughout the country. Efforts to embrace clean technology, such as hydrogen fuel cells, also grow more aggressive, as many states worked to make transportation more environmentally friendly. Last year, approximately 18% of all electricity generated in the United States was generated using renewable energy sources, according to a report from…

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Toyota is making progress with its environmental goals

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Automaker releases its latest environmental report Toyota has released its latest North American Environmental Report. In the report, the company outlines the progress it has made on its environmental goals throughout North America. The report also highlights the fact that much of the company’s efforts have been guided by its Environmental Challenge 2050. Toyota notes that many of its environmental goals are quite ambitious, but they are still quite attainable. These goals have allowed the company to shift its focus toward renewable energy and clean technology. Report highlights Toyota’s efforts…

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Nikola is gaining momentum with hydrogen trucks

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Automaker plans to build a new $1 billion manufacturing facility in Arizona Nikola Motor Company, a developer of clean trucks, has announced plans to build a new 500-acre manufacturing facility in Arizona. The new facility will cost approximately $1 billion to develop and is meant to boost the company’s development of hydrogen-powered trucks. Nikola is well on its way to commercializing large hydrogen trucks equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. The company plans to begin construction on its new manufacturing facility by the end of 2019. Arizona chosen for its promising…

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Report highlights the slowly growing hydrogen fuel infrastructure in the US

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Only 39 hydrogen fuel stations are currently open to the public As of January 25, there are 39 hydrogen fuel stations available to the public in the United States, according to a report from the Department of Energy. The vast majority of these fueling stations, 35, are located in California. Two hydrogen stations are located in South Carolina, with another 2 serving the entirety of the Northeast. The report highlights the significant lack of infrastructure support that fuel cell vehicles currently have, but it also shows that more fueling stations…

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Automakers call for more support for clean vehicles

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GM and Toyota are urging the federal government to support infrastructure projects Major automakers have begun suggesting that the United States Congress should be investing more in the development of the infrastructure needed to support clean vehicles. Late last week, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing at the Washington Auto Show. At the hearing, General Motors and Toyota both called for an increase in federal funding that would be used to build new electric charging and hydrogen fuel stations. These stations are needed in order for…

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Mirai reaches new milestone in California

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Toyota has sold more than 3,000 fuel cell vehicles in California Toyota has reached a new milestone with its fuel cell vehicle in California. The Japanese automaker has announced that it has surpassed 3,000 units of its Mirai sold in the state. The Mirai now accounts for more than 80% of all fuel cell vehicles in operation throughout the United States. Toyota brought the vehicle to California to take advantage of the state’s growing focus on and support for clean transportation. The state is currently home to the largest hydrogen…

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Toyota Mirai is coming to Canada

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Mirai will begin being sold in Quebec this year Japanese automaker Toyota has announced that it will be bringing its fuel cell vehicle, the Mirai, to Canada. The company made the announcement at the Montreal Auto Show, where Toyota noted that fleet sales will begin in Quebec. The province has been chosen as a market for the Mirai due to its strong focus on clean transportation. It is the first Canadian province to introduce a zero emission vehicle mandate, which will go into effect this year. Quebec to use clean…

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Automaker has revealed the name of its new fuel cell vehicle

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Automaker has revealed the name of its new fuel cell vehicle Hyundai has revealed the name of its next fuel cell vehicle. Called NEXO, the new car represents the automaker’s progress in embracing clean transportation. NEXO will be equipped with advanced fuel cell technology as well as several other improvements. Hyundai will make NEXO its flagship clean vehicle, highlighting the company’s ongoing plan to become more environmentally friendly and embrace clean energy. Hyundai plans to release no fewer than 18 clean vehicles by 2025. Hyundai believes that hydrogen fuel is…

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Toyota is accelerating its plans with fuel cell buses

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Automaker is bringing its Sora fuel cell buses to Japan Toyota will begin accelerating its plans to deploy buses equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. The automaker has been working to promote fuel cell technology for some time and has managed to find modest success in this endeavor. The majority of these buses will be launched in Tokyo where hydrogen has been gaining popularity. The company recently showcased its new Sora fuel cell buses, which will be the first to make use of advanced fuel cell technology developed by Toyota. New…

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