The cost of developing advanced zero-emission powertrains for future vehicles is substantial, even for the world's largest carmakers. Especially in hydrogen fuel-cell research, the biggest auto companies are doubling and tripling up to share the costs. Honda and GM said in July 2013 that they would share their fuel-cell development efforts, and now the two companies are taking a further step in their partnership. DON'T MISS: GM, Honda Latest Automakers To Collaborate On Fuel Cell Tech (Jul 2013) According to Japanese news service Asahi Shimbun, the pair will set up a joint factory to...
Which Carmakers Are Still Serious About Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicles?
Hydrogen fuel-cell cars have not progressed as fast as some companies had predicted 10 or 15 years ago. No carmaker sells a fuel-cell vehicle in any kind of volume, but plug-in electric cars are on sale in North America, Europe, and Asia, with tens of thousands sold (and likely more than 100,000...John Voelcker
Gasoline-Powered Fuel Cell To Fix Electric-Car Range Anxiety?
While electric-car advocates may avoid the issue, some buyers simply won't choose a plug-in car that can't travel unlimited distances. That's where the Chevy Volt-style range extender comes in, though the Volt adds unlimited range by burning gasoline in a conventional engine to generate electric...John Voelcker
First Hydrogen Filling Station In U.S. Opens For Fuel-Cell Cars
Did you notice? Us either. Nonetheless, last week, the first commercial hydrogen filling station in the country was opened in Wallingford, Connecticut, by startup firm SunHydro. The company generates hydrogen onsite using electricity from an array of photovoltaic solar cells that splits apart water...John Voelcker
Toyota Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Car To Come In 2015, For $50,000
Toyota's first production vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell will be a sedan model with the range of a gasoline model, said a company executive last week. It will be priced at roughly $50,000, and go on sale in 2015. That's more expensive than upcoming electric vehicles like the 2011 Nissan...John Voelcker