Over 100m dollars raised to support launch of Nikola fuel cell trucks

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Nikola Motors says it has raised millions in just one week. Nikola fuel cell trucks – Nikola One and Nikola Two – have received more support. The Salt Lake City-based American hybrid truck design company claims it has raised more than $100 million in just one week after launching its new round of funding for $200 million. The money is to assist Nikola Motors launch and scale it two hydrogen-powered trucks in 2020. This round of funding will continue for another three weeks. The current round of funding for $200…

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German solar electric car to hit the market in 2019

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A unique electric vehicle is equipped with solar cells. Known as the Sion, this unique solar electric car being developed by Munich-based company, Sono Motors, is an electric vehicle outfitted with solar cells that enables the car to charge as you drive. The solar EV can charge using two methods. In addition to the battery charging from the solar power that is generated via its solar cells, the solar electric car can also be charged from conventional power outlets, reported Reuters. Therefore, in addition to a traditional charging method, the…

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Ammonia to hydrogen technology tested in fuel cell cars for first time

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CSIRO successfully refuels two fuel cell vehicles with it ultra-high purity hydrogen. Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has announced the successful road testing of two fuel cell cars powered by its ammonia to hydrogen technology. The organization became the first to demonstrate the production of “very clean hydrogen” produced from ammonia. The two fuel cell vehicles selected for the road test in Australia were the Toyota Mirai and the Hyundai Nexo, according to a CSIRO news release. They hydrogen was produced in Queensland using CSIRO’s membrane technology.…

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SteelCell SOFC technology to help develop fuel cell tech for EVs in the UK

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Ceres Power has partnered with Nissan to help improve electric vehicle (EV) applications. UK-based Ceres Power, developers of the SteelCell SOFC technology, has teamed up with Japanese motor company, Nissan, to further develop fuel cell technology for electric vehicle applications in the UK. The fuel-flexible and low-cost technology can generate power from conventional fuels. The SteelCell Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) tech is low-cost and fuel flexible. It is capable of producing power from natural gas and other conventional fuels, as well as from sustainable fuels, like hydrogen, ethanol or…

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Toyota unveils the latest version of its hydrogen fuel cell truck

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The new fuel cell truck model has been nicknamed the “Beta Truck.” Japanese automaker, Toyota, has recently revealed the latest version of its Project Portal hydrogen fuel cell truck. Dubbed the “Beta Truck”, version 2.0 of the hydrogen fuel cell eclectic Class 8 heavy duty tuck, builds on what the company learned form version 1.0 of its truck that it nicknamed the “Alpha Truck.” The Beta Truck has improved range, versatility and maneuverability. During a media briefing at a Center for Automotive Research meeting that took place on July 30th…

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New EV Battery Recycling program to be launched in China

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China wants to implement a recycling strategy to prevent future pollution problems. In the not-so-distant future, EV battery recycling is expected to become a significant part of the electric vehicle (EV) supply chain and China isn’t wasting any time on developing recycling standards for these used batteries. Lithium battery waste could reach an estimated 170,000 tons by 2020. In as little as two years, experts have warned that annual lithium battery waste (this includes batteries used in electric vehicles) could reach 170,000 tons, reported Reuters. Data that was recently published…

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Toyota intends to strive for lower hydrogen fuel vehicle costs

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The Japanese automaker plans to expand its production of HFCVs Hydrogen fuel vehicle costs, lack of infrastructure and low production numbers of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (HFCVs) are among the reasons that many automakers don’t believe that HFCVs are a commercially viable option. Toyota disagrees and wants to prove that HFCVs can be practical eco-friendly transportation in the future. Toyota plans to mass produce its HFCVs. In an interview with Reuters, Toyota Mirai chief engineer Yoshikazu Tanaka said that the company is going to switch from limited production to mass…

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Cordia iLint hydrogen train receives green light for passenger service

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The hydrogen fuel cell multiple-unit from Alstom was given formal approval to operate. Two prototype units of the Cordia iLint hydrogen train are expected to enter pilot service on the Elbe-Weser network in Germany, after receiving formal approval for passenger service on July 11. The Cordia iLint is the world’s first hydrogen-powered low-floor passenger train. As a hydrogen fuel cell-powered, zero-emission train, the Cordia iLint hydrogen train could revolutionize rail travel. The creators behind the train, Alstom, a leading manufacturer of trains, says that their iLint is the first low-passenger…

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The Automobile Association develops first mobile EV fast charger in Europe.

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This new technology can help prevent electric car drivers from becoming stranded. Ireland’s Automobile Association (AA) has developed a mobile EV fast charger to help combat “range anxiety.” This is a form of anxiety commonly experienced by electrical vehicle (EV) drivers who worry that their car battery will run out of power before they reach their destination or the next charging point. Stranded drivers can be given a boost with the new mobile fast charger. The first of its kind in Europe, the mobile EV fast charger is basically the…

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Team from Indonesia places first in the Shell Eco-marathon 2018

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Once again, young engineers from across the globe compete to break energy efficiency records. It was a tight race in London at the Shell Eco-marathon 2018 grand final, but in the end it was a car designed by a team from Indonesia that won the top spot. This was a huge victory for the Sapuangin Team from Sepuluh November Institute of Technology (ITS) Surabaya, Indonesia, as they had previously failed to claim the top spot two years in a row. All teams representing the Asian region in the car racing…

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Researchers develop “climate-immune” electric car battery

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New fast-charging EV (electric vehicle) battery can self-heat. Penn State engineers have developed an electric car battery that can stand up to cold weather. The newly designed battery is capable of self-heating, which allows it to rapidly charge in spite of frigid outdoor temperatures. EV batteries are negatively impacted by the cold. As is the case with most other batteries, the performance of an electric car battery suffers when it is subjected to cold temperatures. In fact, the Department of Energy (DOE) reported that extreme weather (either very hot or…

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Italy wants one million electric cars on its roads by 2022

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This ambitious electric vehicle (EV) goal could cost the nation $10 billion in incentives. Italy’s one million electric cars 2022 goal is no joke. Bloomberg reported that a spokesperson confirmed the Italian government is working toward the objective. However, what isn’t known is if every one of the million battery-powered vehicles will be fully electric or if this target also includes hybrids. Either way, such an endeavor would be an expensive one and could cost $10 billion in incentives. The estimated number of EVs on Italy’s roads today is less…

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First passenger hydrogen fuel cell ferry in the U.S. to become a reality

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The green fueled ferry will be built in the San Francisco Bay Area. Called the “Water-Go-Round,” the hydrogen fuel cell ferry will be the first passenger ferry in America to be powered solely by hydrogen fuel cells. With its only byproduct being water, the ferry will produce zero emissions and, if the demonstration project proves successful, it could revolutionize an industry that continues to rely heavily on fossil fuels. The launch has been planned for next year. The company behind the hydrogen fuel cell ferry is the Golden Gate Zero…

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New Uber EV Champions Initiative encourages electric vehicle rides

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The ride-hailing network wants to help lower transportation’s carbon footprint. The Uber EV Champions Initiative is a pilot program designed to increase electrical vehicle (EV) adoption. Participating driver-partners are encouraged to deliver a minimum of 5 million EV rides over the next 12 months. The pilot program has launched in seven cities. In partnership with leading electric vehicle adoption experts, the EV Champions Initiative has launched in San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin and Montreal. Uber drivers in each of these cities will receive different perks as…

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Hexagon lands deal to manufacture new hydrogen tanks

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Hexagon will be developing hydrogen storage tanks for an unnamed automaker Hexagon Composites has announced that it has settled a new deal with an unnamed automaker. The deal represents the largest of its kind in the company’s history. Per the deal, Hexagon will be responsible for manufacturing hydrogen tanks that will be used by fuel cell vehicles. These vehicles are being developed by the automaker that has formed a deal with Hexagon. Manufacturing expected to begin in 2020 According to Hexagon, production of the new vehicles is expected to begin…

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Daimler unveils the neweCascadia

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New clean truck will be launched in 2021 German automaker Daimler has unveiled its new environmentally friendly commercial truck: the Freightliner eCascadia.  The new truck will be powered by a battery system, which will ensure that it produces no harmful emissions. Daimler plans to launch the vehicle in 2021 and will face competition from other companies that are also releasing clean trucks. Clean truck will have a range of 250 miles The eCascadia will have 730 peak horsepower and it’s battery system will have a capacity of 530 kilowatt-hours. The…

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