Fuel Cell

  • True Zero hydrogen fueling pump, run by First Element Fuels, opened in Thousand Oaks, CA, Mar 2018

    Hydrogen fuel first went on sale in California in January 2015, more than three years ago, though it had been dispensed free at a dozen or so prototype locations before that. Five years ago, the state set a goal of 100 hydrogen fueling stations throughout the state by 2020, a deadline that now appears unlikely to be met. On Friday, the state's 33rd hydrogen fueling station opened. DON'T MISS: Why a Fiat 500e driver got a Honda Clarity Fuel Cell as his new car: low cost The new location, operated by First Element Fuel, is in Thousand Oaks, a suburb northwest of Los Angeles in Ventura County...

  • Hyundai Nexo
    Hyundai Nexo fuel-cell SUV verdicts: classy, zippier, still a "niche vehicle"

    The Hyundai Nexo hydrogen fuel-cell SUV that debuted last month at the Consumer Electronics Show won't be seen on California roads for many months yet. It is expected to go on sale in the U.S. in the fourth quarter of this year, but now we have a few reports from outlets that have driven the one...

  • Hydrogen station in Nerima Ward, Japan
    Germany's hydrogen stations exceed US; California beats Japan on density

    As of today, there are 39 hydrogen fueling stations in the U.S., all but four of them in the state of California. They serve roughly 39 million Californians, whereas 284 million Americans outside the state have no access to hydrogen fuel-cell cars nor stations at which to refill them. Germany, on...

  • 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell at hydrogen fueling station, Fountain Valley, CA
    This one 11-year-old chart explains the problem with hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles

    Today, there are roughly 750,000 plug-in electric vehicles on U.S. roads and about 3,800 powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Proponents of each type of vehicle argue strenuously that their powertrain is a better way to produce vehicles with zero emissions from the tailpipe. Electric cars can be charged...

  • 2015 Nissan Leaf charging back at home after 1,000-mile road trip   [photo John Briggs]
    Budget deal restores tax credits for EV charging stations, electric motorcycles, fuel-cell cars

    Fears that Congress would kill the federal tax credit for purchase of a plug-in electric car were laid to rest in December when that incentive survived the $1.5 trillion tax-cut bill. Now Congress has added back a handful of other tax credits related to electric cars and greener transportation in...

  • 2018 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell at hydrogen fueling station  [photo: Chris Baccus]
    Why a Fiat 500e driver got a Honda Clarity Fuel Cell as his next green car: low cost

    When marketing executive Chris Baccus leased a 2015 Fiat 500e three years ago, he intended to keep his 2007 BMW 335i as a "fun car," and use the electric Fiat just for commuting. Within six months, he'd sold the BMW altogether. Part of his interest in the Fiat, he admitted, came from an article...

  • Hyundai Nexo

    As it does in every other aspect of the auto industry, Korean carmaker Hyundai-Kia has set itself an aggressive goal and a fast pace for rollout of self-driving vehicles. The Korean carmaker has said it would offer a vehicle capable of Level 4 autonomy—meaning a car that can operate without human input, but only for certain road types, geographic areas, or weather conditions—by 2021. On Friday, five Hyundai prototype self-driving vehicles completed a route covering more than 100 miles without humans behind the wheel interfering with the cars' decisions and travels. DON'T MISS...

  • Chevrolet Bolt EV being charged outside Go Forth electric-car showroom, Portland   [photo: Forth]
    GM suggests Congress fund EV charging, Toyota asks for hydrogen fueling support

    It's now abundantly clear that Tesla has created the roadmap on how to build a widespread DC fast-charging network that lets electric-car drivers travel long distances, even across the country. The Tesla Supercharger network can only be used by Tesla cars, however—and it remains entirely...

  • Tesla Supercharger for city centers
    Electric cars will fail, but we'll build them anyway, say global auto execs: KPMG

    Juxtaposed against a growing electric-vehicle market in China and increasingly stringent global carbon-emission limits, a survey by KPMG has revealed a majority of global auto executives believe electric vehicles are a fool's errand. Those executives believe electric cars will eventually be...

  • Hyundai Nexo
    Production Hyundai Nexo hydrogen fuel-cell SUV appears at CES

    The world of cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells is still small and low-volume, but Korean maker Hyundai unveiled its production entry into that group on Monday. The sprawling Consumer Electronics Show is increasingly a showcase for advanced-technology and zero-emission vehicles, and the Korean...

  • Hydrogenics hydrogen fueling station
    California to fall short of 100 hydrogen fueling stations by 2020

    As electric charging stations continue to sprout across the country, hydrogen fueling stations haven't experienced the same rapid growth. That's an issue in California, where Assembly Bill 8 stipulates a goal of 100 functioning public hydrogen stations by 2020. The latest forecast predicts the...

  • 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas
    What topic should we have covered less in 2017? Twitter poll results

    Over the nine years this site has published daily news about green cars, the focus of our coverage has shifted significantly. In February 2009, when we started daily coverage, our most popular topics were hybrid cars and the Toyota Prius. With Prius sales in 2017 less than half what they were just...

  • Tesla Semi

    Emotions play a big role in purchases of passenger vehicles, but fleet decisions are generally driven by numbers, spreadsheets, and the almighty dollar. And it's in the equation of overall cost where early adopters of electric and other alternative-fuel semis could make a financial killing. Haulers first out of the gate with electric trucks could operate them at a significant cost advantage over diesel-powered counterparts—and there will be no pressure in early days to reduce transportation prices. DON'T MISS: Tesla Semi, Roadster battery claims prove puzzling: beyond current knowledge?...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, Catskill Mountains, NY, Nov 2016
    Toyota plans 1 million zero-emission vehicles a year by 2030: our analysis

    Sales of plug-in electric cars are rising steadily in North America, Europe, and Asia, with roughly 2 million now on the world's roads. China is debating when it will ban sales of new vehicles with combustion engines. Meanwhile, Toyota—one of the four largest global automakers—is only...

  • 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
    Four of Wards' Top 10 Engines are actually electric or electrified powertrains

    The industry trade journal WardsAuto has been giving out "Best Engine" awards for 24 years now, and this year's list includes some interesting choices. For starters, there are no engines from German manufacturers on the list: The sole luxury recipients this year are Infiniti and Jaguar. But more...

  • 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, 2016 Toyota Mirai at hydrogen fueling station, Fountain Valley, CA
    Which alternative fuels will survive long-term? Twitter poll results

    Building a fueling network turns out to be more of a challenge than many advocates, regulators, and drivers may have anticipated. The attempt to boost passenger vehicles fueled by cheap, abundant U.S. natural gas is now essentially over, with a mere 942 public natural-gas fueling stations...

  • 2008 Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept
    Fiat Chrysler seeks Hyundai partnership for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles

    Fiat Chrysler is looking to partner with Hyundai to develop hydrogen fuel-cell technology, its CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed on Saturday. The revelation came after a presentation on Alfa Romeo's planned return to Formula 1 racing, held at the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese, Italy. “There is the...

  • 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, 2016 Toyota Mirai at hydrogen fueling station, Fountain Valley, CA
    Which alternative fuels will survive long-term? Take our Twitter poll

    You just don't hear the phrase "alternative fuels" as much as you did, say, 10 years ago. With a couple of million plug-in electric cars now on the world's roads, the idea of swapping in one hydrocarbon fuel for another may have passed its time. Admittedly biodiesel continues to make quiet inroads...

  • 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, 2016 Toyota Mirai at hydrogen fueling station, Fountain Valley, CA

    Toyota today is the world's most ardent proponent of using hydrogen fuel cells for zero-emission vehicles rather than large battery packs. The huge Japanese carmaker, one of the world's four largest, now sells its Toyota Mirai fuel-cell sedan around the world, and has more hydrogen-powered vehicles in development. As it has discussed over the last year, some of those may be heavy trucks as well as passenger cars. DON'T MISS: Toyota to study Mirai-derived fuel-cell tech for heavy-duty trucks Any fuel-cell vehicle, of whatever size, requires a hydrogen fueling infrastructure to operate...

  • 2018 Hyundai Kona
    Eight crossovers, four powertrains, two years; Hyundai outlines new SUV plan

    Hyundai announced in Detroit on Wednesday that it would bring to market eight new or redesigned crossovers by the end of the decade. The new utility vehicles will sport a wide range of powertrains including battery-electric, diesel, hydrogen fuel-cell, and gasoline. The first crossover to arrive on...

  • Dutch "Hesla," a hydrogen fuel cell-powered Tesla Model S
    A Tesla Model S that runs on hydrogen fuel cells? Dutch firm claims it built one

    Tesla has never built anything but battery-electric cars. Now a Dutch gasoline company believes it's improved upon the Silicon Valley automaker's design with a hydrogen fuel cell—so much so that it wants to sell its solution to the general public. The Holthausen Group, a Dutch gasoline...

  • Toyota Fine-Comfort Ride concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    Toyota electric cars could use airless tires if research pans out: report

    Although electric cars offer numerous benefits in engineering, design, and zero-emission operation, their overall weight remains a hurdle for automakers, especially as bigger batteries with longer ranges become more important. It now appears that Toyota may look to airless tires as a way to cut...

  • General Motors’ Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS)
    GM's view of hydrogen fuel cells: great for military use

    General Motors thinks there's a future for hydrogen fuel cells, but it's not in your driveway. Unless you're a member of the armed forces and your driveway is, say, Fort Bliss. The Detroit automaker is and the U.S. Army are collaborating on a modular experimental light- and medium-duty fuel-cell...

  • Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car with future GM electric and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, Oct 2017
    GM to launch two new electric vehicles within 18 months, 20 by 2023

    General Motors said on Monday it will unveil two new battery-electric vehicles within the next 18 months, and will offer 20 electric and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles globally by 2023. The news came in a conference call for reporters with Mark Reuss, GM's executive vice president of global product...

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