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Early Mercedes fuel-cell driver's 'sobering assessment' to industry

Early Mercedes fuel-cell driver's 'sobering assessment' to industry

As the old saying goes, you can identify the pioneers by the arrows in their backs. Being an early adopter of new technologies can be exciting, but it can also require adaptations to fit into its limitations. Just ask David Wenger, one German proponent and driver of a Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell... read more

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2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car, Newport Beach, CA, Nov 2014

Toyota Tackles Hydrogen Fueling Challenges As Mirai Launch Approaches: UPDATED

As this autumn's launch of the 2016 Toyota Mirai fuel-cell car approaches, its maker is taking steps to ensure that the small number of initial buyers and lessees will be... read more July 30, 2015 by


 
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI test car running on Solazyme algae-derived diesel fuel

VW Renewable Diesel Test Finds Same Drivability, Lower Carbon Emissions

Three years ago, Volkswagen announced that it was testing two different types of renewable diesel fuel in a pair of its TDI diesel-engined cars sold in the U.S. Now, the... read more June 29, 2015 by


 
First 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell delivered to lessee at Tustin Hyundai, June 2014

Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Global Sales Below Target, Company Admits

The Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell was launched outside the U.S. in 2013 as the first fuel-cell vehicle to be offered to the broader public in significant numbers. Roughly two... read more June 15, 2015 by


 
2015 Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel Natural Gas

Chevy Impala Natural-Gas Version Delayed By A Year Over Unspecified Concerns

Back in October 2013, General Motors announced plans to launch a "bi-fuel" version of its new Chevrolet Impala full-size sedan. It billed the planned Impala variant as the... read more June 10, 2015 by


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

Biofuels: Don't Assume They're All Carbon-Neutral, New Study Warns

To many, biofuels seem like the ultimate compromise between lower carbon emissions and practicality. It's easy to see the appeal of fuels billed as cleaner replacements for... read more May 13, 2015 by


 
Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell leased by Paul Berkman, Corona del Mar, California

Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell: Early Drivers Discuss Experiences Traveling On Hydrogen

There have already been more Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicles leased in the U.S. than any other hydrogen-powered vehicle. Through April, Hyundai has leased 68 of the small... read more May 11, 2015 by


 
2016 Ford F-150 CNG conversion

2016 Ford F-150 Offers Natural-Gas/Propane Prep-Kit Option

Natural-gas cars sell only in tiny numbers to individual retail buyers, although they have found some traction with fleets that have ready access to the fuel. Now, those... read more May 4, 2015 by


 
Propel Fuels rolls out High Performance Renewable Diesel fuel in 18 Northern California locations

Propel Renewable Diesel: Usable By Any Vehicle, Going Beyond 'Biodiesel'

Fuels produced using plant-based materials can offer a promising way to reduce the carbon emitted by road vehicles. That's because their plant feedstocks absorb carbon... read more April 17, 2015 by


 
2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell at hydrogen fueling station, Fountain Valley, CA

Decades Of Promises: 'Dude, Where's My Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Car?'

Designing, engineering, testing, producing, and selling cars run by anything other than gasoline engines is hard, expensive, and challenging. Carmakers routinely lose money... read more March 31, 2015 by


 
Non-ethanol gasoline pump

Ethanol In Marine Fuels: Why It Makes Boat Owners So Angry

Few topics get our commenters more riled up than ethanol. Both sides weigh in with fervor and passion, debating energy security versus agricultural policies and costs... read more March 13, 2015 by


 
Clean Energy Fuels natural gas refueling station Long Beach, California.

Natural-Gas Vehicle Sales Globally Won't Quite Double In 10 Years: Analyst

Cars running on natural gas have been around for decades now, and presently represent 2 to 3 percent of global auto production. Their tailpipe emissions are much cleaner than... read more January 6, 2015 by


 
Volkswagen Passat HyMotion hydrogen fuel cell prototype  -  Los Angeles, November 2014

Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicle News From Los Angeles Auto Show

The biggest news in zero-emission vehicles at last month's Los Angeles Auto Show was the formal introduction of the 2016 Toyota Mirai. But several other companies made news... read more December 8, 2014 by


 
2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car, Newport Beach, CA, Nov 2014

How Much Money Does The 2016 Toyota Mirai Lose? A Lot, Perhaps

All automakers expect to lose money at first when they launch expensive new powertrain technologies. But if one European official with deep experience in alternative-fuel... read more December 5, 2014 by


 
2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car, Newport Beach, CA, Nov 2014

2016 Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car: First Photos From Test Drive

The 2016 Toyota Mirai is getting a major launch just before this week's Los Angeles Auto Show. It's clear Toyota considers this a vehicle every bit as seminal as its very... read more November 18, 2014 by


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

Will Biofuels Be Better For Plastics Than For Vehicle Fuel?

Turn the clock back to 2007--when Congress passed the U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act--and biofuels like ethanol were apparently poised to solve the country's... read more October 20, 2014 by


 

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