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2017 Honda Clarity FCV gets an EPA driving range rating of 366 miles

So, it is official! The new Honda Clarity FCV has the longest verified range of any zero-emissions vehicle currently on the road in the United States.

One of the main discouragements over zero-emissions vehicle is the amount of distance it could travel on a single charge or a single tank. This has caused the so-called range anxiety, in which drivers were wary of being trapped somewhere between where they took off and to where they are going. The possibility of being stuck while driving on a highway and leaving their cars behind has somewhat discouraged consumers from adopting clean and green cars.

So far, carmakers have been doing what they could to address this issue. Carmakers producing electric vehicles have been working hard to beef up their battery packs to increase the range of their offerings. One of these carmakers is Tesla, which produces the range-topping Tesla Model S P100D with a range of around 315 miles. This means that a fully charged Model S P100D could go for around 315 miles before needing to recharge again. Of course, actual range also depends on the driving habits and techniques, weather conditions and road situations.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell combines hydrogen fuel and plug-in power

Recently, Mercedes-Benz came out with the Project One, and that probably is the company's most powerful hypercar to date, giving out as much as 1,000 horsepower. But during Frankfurt, the German automaker introduced us to something more environmentally friendly. This includes models like the EQ A Concept, Vision EQ Fortwo, and the GLC F-Cell in its pre-production stage. The F-Cell is actually a fuel-cell powered luxury crossover that owners can plug in when charging the batteries.

Thanks to its unique powertrain, the GLC was made with a plug-in hybrid that works with a fuel cell stack instead of a combustion engine. All in all, the GLC F-Cell has a total output of 197 horsepower (147 kilowatts) and 258 pound feet (350 Newton-metres) of torque. In terms of range, this setup has a range of 272 miles (437 kilometers) in the New European Driving Cycle test.

The fuel cell portion comes with two carbon fiber tanks that carry as much as 9.7 pounds (4.4 kilograms) of hydrogen. One of the tanks is found under the rear seats, while the other is on the area where the driveshaft usually is.

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Hyundai will introduce the Genesis luxury EV in 2021

Hyundai Motor Group – including both Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors – has disclosed a wide-ranging plan to introduce 31 environment-friendly models in a new development roadmap that aims to ultimately create a cleaner environment through these eco-friendly vehicles.

While previewing its next generation fuel cell vehicle, Hyundai announced its eco-vehicle development roadmap that entails a multi-pronged approach. This means that Hyundai won't focus its efforts on just one type of eco-friendly vehicle, but will create a lineup that offers various powertrain options like fuel cell, hybrid drive and electric.

Hyundai is pursuing this 2020 plan in response to the growing demand for fuel-efficient, eco-friendly vehicles around the world. As part of this road map, Hyundai will continue pursuing hydrogen fuel cell technology and will exert more efforts to strengthen its leadership in this area. The South Korean carmaker plans to achieve this by putting more focus on improving r&d works to further boost the performance and durability of FCEVs. Likewise, r&d will focus on making the fuel cell technology smaller and cheaper to allow it to be installed in smaller sedans.

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Hyundai releases images of long-range fuel cell SUV that will be launched in 2018

Hyundai has recently unveiled an unnamed pre-production model of its new fuel cell SUV. We don’t know what to call this model just yet, but sources say that this model will make its official release next year.

Unusually, the Korean firm already confirmed that this model is “near production ready” even though they have not given it a name yet. The hydrogen SUV is said to be nine percent more efficient and have as much as twenty percent more power than the ix35. But the improvements don’t end there as the Korean automaker plans to give it an official range of 500 miles (805 kilometers).

The SUV will be equipped with three tanks of the same size that store hydrogen before the fuel cell converts it to electricity to power the car.

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Monaco's narrow streets are considered as territory to some of the most impressive supercars in the world. Now, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco opted not to have an extravagant display for their lap of honor at the start of the 2017 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco. Instead, they were in a Honda Clarity Fuel Cell when they lapped the historic city's circuit. The lap represented the beginning of the race itself, directly preceding the highly anticipated presentation of the Formula 1 drivers and Monaco's national anthem.

As of now, the hydrogen-driven Clarity is still not available in Europe, but Honda is orchestrating a demonstration campaign that will run through 2022 to showcase its futuristic vehicle. The Japanese company will unleash a total of 185 sedans on the roads of Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Italy and the United Kingdom as part of the test. The new vehicle from Honda impressively belts out a range of 403 miles (650 km) in the New European Driving Cycle test.

But according to the Environmental Protection Agency's more strict assessment, the sedan only yielded 366 miles (589 km) with a full tank of hydrogen. This record is still better compared to Tesla Model S 100D's 335 mile (539 km) EPA range and the 321 miles (516 km) that the hydrogen powered Toyota Mirai can accomplish.

Read the entire article Prince Albert of Monaco drives Honda Clarity Fuel Cell at 2017 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco

Before the end of April, Lexus filed for a trademark with the name “LS-FC Concept” that’s for use on “automobiles and structural parts thereof”.

Does this mean that we will finally see the rumored hydrogen-fueled LS model? It has been years since the rumour started. We had learned that an LS model is soon to make its debut after the launch of the LF-FC concept, which was supposed to be a preview of the next-generation LS.

If the rumours are true, then the LS would use a variant of the Toyota Mirai powertrain, with an all-wheel drive that has four separate electric motors powering each corner. The company hasn’t been sharing details regarding this issue just yet.

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Toyota Motor Corporation disclosed that it will be bringing two of its Mirai fuel cell vehicles to China by October of this year. Tests will then be conducted on these FCVs in order to determine how they perform under China’s environment. The brand will also study the quality of hydrogen in China and conduct other durability and quality tests.

While this may be the first in China, the Mirai has been tested in different countries like Australia, U.K., the U.S., and even Scandinavia. The testing to be done is China is under the project titled “Accelerating the Development and Commercialization of Fuel Cell Vehicles in China” and will begin on 2017 and end by 2020.

In addition to the tests being conducted, the brand will also conduct promotional activities in order to determine how customers in this country react to the Mirai. An example of such an activity includes, but not limited to, putting the Mirai up for exhibit during domestic events. Toyota says that the main objective of these events is to make consumers know more about FCVs.

Read the entire article Toyota to start 3-year test for Mirai FCV in China by October 2017

Genesis Motors, the luxury vehicle branch of the South Korean automaker Hyundai, is hoping to venture into a new market- the electric run vehicle territory. For years, Genesis only offered sedans but now the game is about to change. Here to pave the way is the futuristic Genesis GV80 SUV.

The South Korean automaker has long hinted the pubic that it is keenly interested in entering the electric vehicle market, with big companies like Ford and Tesla in the same race for producing e-vehicles. Up until now, rumours have been flowing off the shelf that Genesis is gearing up to recreate a pure e-vehicle or a hybrid one. At the recently held 2017 New York Auto Show, all eyes were on the GV80 Fuel cell concept with a metallic finish that offers a subtle glimpse in what the future holds for the car consumers.

This fuel cell powered exclusive SUV is based on the Genesis' Athletic Elegance design and the GV80 will serve as a predecessor to a whole new future lineage of e-vehicles that Genesis is yearning for. The Genesis Athletic design was previously introduced in the G90 forerunner in the year 2015. Manfred Fitzgerald, Genesis Chief, remarked that the GV80 Concept is considered by the company as the most significant breakthrough that paves the way for further expansion of their vehicle line-up.

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Back during the early of part of the year, Hyundai Motor Company became part of the Hydrogen Council which was officially launched during the 2017 Davos World Economic Forum. The goal of this group is to develop and commercialize cars that use fuel cells rather than fossil fuels.

For those who have long followed developments at Hyundai, this is not a surprise as the brand has been leading the pack in developing hydrogen vehicles for 20 years now. Back in 2013 for example, it released the ix35 Fuel Cell, also known in some markets as the Tucson Fuel Cell. It became the first ever hydrogen-powered car in the world to be mass produced. In fact, it is still on sale in 17 countries worldwide.

With this in mind, Hyundai unveiled during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show its latest offering in the field of hydrogen powered vehicles. Dubbed as the FE Fuel Cell Concept, the “FE” refers to “Future Eco” which reveals the pioneering technologies that match the environment-friendliness of this model. One of its main features is the internal air humidifier. This part recycles the water that is emitted by this model in order to have a cabin environment that offers more comfort.

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It was in April of last year when Honda first revealed plans that it was planning to build a plug-in hybrid version of the Clarity. There will also be an all-electric one. Recently, Automotive News reported initial details with regards to the electric version. According to the said report, the EV version of the Clarity is estimated to have a maximum range, on a single charge, of 80 miles (129 km).

Honda however said that this is not due to any disadvantage related to engineering but rather to factors that were made when the project was started. In particular, there were two considerations that needed to be met without question. The first focuses on the physical size of this variant given that it has the same architecture as that of two versions under the Clarity range. The second important parameter was that the final production car should have a cost of at most $35,000, before any government incentives or tax credits.

Honda has always been about affordability and coming out with a long-range electric car that comes at a high price is not something the brand would want. This was the statement released by Honda of America Vice President of Environmental Business Development Steve Center to Automotive News. He added that if that happened, many of its customers would not be able to buy it.

Read the entire article Report says Honda Clarity EV’s range is a short 80 miles

A definitive fruit of a 2013 master collaboration agreement between American carmaker General Motors and Japanese auto company Honda has finally been realized.

Considered as two of the leaders of in fuel cell technology among carmakers, GM and Honda inked in 2013 a long-term agreement to co-develop the next-generation fuel cell system as well as hydrogen storage technologies. The two carmakers also aimed to advance refueling infrastructure to improve the viability of fuel cell vehicles. To achieve this, GM and Honda planned to share expertise and economies of scale as well as pursue common sourcing strategies – thereby making fuel cell systems less costly to produce for the carmaker and more affordable to end consumers.

The agreement resulted in the establishment of the Fuel Cell System Manufacturing LLC (FCSM), a manufacturing joint venture – as its name obviously indicates -- that will focus on the mass production of an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system that will be employed in the upcoming products from GM and Honda. The two carmakers will invest in equal amounts a total of $85 million in the joint venture – the first in the auto industry – with an aim to commence mass production operations by the end of the decade (2020). FCSM will be based within GM’s battery pack production site located in Brownstown, Michigan.

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2017 is undeniably a very busy year for BMW. After introducing the new 4-Series, the German automaker has just released several new updates. In relation to this, BMW is also introducing the new 520d (G30) EfficientDynamics Edition, the company’s most eco-friendly 2.0 litre diesel engine.

BMW’s new 520d Efficient Dynamics has a combined fuel consumption of 73.4 miles per gallon and as low as 102 g/km C02 emissions. The engine consists of a turbocharger placed on antifriction bearings along with the new improved common rail injection, map controller oil pump and high pressure gas recirculation system. Mated to a standard 8-speed automatic transmission, the 520d EfficientDynamics can go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in only 7.5 seconds.

BMW’s new engine technology is also more aerodynamic efficient than any other engines. The 520d Efficient Dynamics delivers bigger fuel savings while using BMW’s BluePerformance technology all at the same time. Aside from the new filter, the Blue Performance system comes with a NOX storage catalyst, oxidation catalyst and AdBlue injection to help the engine emit less nitrogen oxide.

Read the entire article 2017 BMW 5-Series (G30) gets the 520d Efficient Dynamics Edition

Nikola Motor’s hydrogen-powered semi-trailer truck is highly appealing with its many advancements but don’t expect it to arrive in the near future. In November 2016, Toyota announced the possibility of applying hydrogen technology to semi-trailers, so such trucks might come soon. But while Toyota is still conducting a California-based feasibility and exploration study, Utah-based Nikola Motor Company has already unveiled a hydrogen-powered semi-trailer truck that could put current conventional trucks on the road to shame.

Nikola Motors is proud to unveil its Nikola One hydrogen-powered semi-trailer truck, which employs a full electric drivetrain as powered by high-density lithium battery pack with 320-kWh of capacity. This large high-capacity battery pack gets its juice from hydrogen fuel cells. Its electric drivetrain could provide more than a thousand ponies and around 2,000 ft. lbs. (2,711 Nm) of torque – which is nearly double the amount that conventional semi-trailer trucks could provide with the powerful diesel engines.

This means that Nikola One could haul heavier loads as needed. In addition, Nikola One’s fuel cell-powered battery pack – a massive one – could contain enough energy to allow the green yet mean semi trailer truck to travel between 800 miles and 1,200 miles (1,287 to 1,931 kilometers), depending on the battery specs and the size of the hydrogen tank. This means that the Nikola One semi-trailer truck is very suitable for long-haul operations, effectively getting rid of the so-called range anxiety common with electrified vehicles. This hydrogen tank can be filled up at any of the planned 364 stations across the United and Canada. These hydrogen refilling stations will be built starting 2018.

Read the entire article Pre-orders of Nikola’s 1000hp One hydrogen-powered semi-trailer truck have surpassed $4 billion

Regardless of what people may say, those who want to lower greenhouse-gas emissions would do better to choose vehicles that use electricity compared to models that utilize hydrogen fuel-cell as the former is cheaper. This was the conclusion reached by a study published in the journal Energy and conducted by researchers at Stanford University and the Technical University of Munich.

In the study, the researchers revealed that when putting energy production and vehicle-operating costs into consideration, vehicles powered by fuel cells need twice the amount of electrical energy needed by electric vehicles. The study is saying that for those who want to have lower emissions, plugging a vehicle is a lot more cost-effective compared to putting hydrogen inside it. This is good news for customers considering that many of them find it difficult to choose between the two as both show no emissions. A reason cited as to the difference in cost is that it is more expensive to put up hydrogen generation infrastructure.

The actual study itself was conducted at Los Altos Hills in California, located around 40 miles in the southeast direction from San Francisco. Through the use of a case study, the researchers assumed that by 2035, 38% of the vehicles running around town would either be powered by fuel cells or with electricity. The study also assumed that by 2025, electric vehicles would be more cost competitive when compared to standard vehicles.

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Does the future of heavy-duty hauling involve hydrogen cells? Too early to say for now, but it is not impossible. In fact, this possibility is being researched on by one of the pioneers of hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles in the world – Japanese auto giant Toyota Motor Corp.

Interestingly, Toyota’s first fuel cell vehicle now out in the auto market is called Mirai, which is derived from the Japanese term for “future.” In a sense, the Mirai jumpstarts Toyota’s battle-cry for the future of mobility. The Mirai also expresses the carmaker’s confidence that consumers would accept hydrogen as a clean fuel alternative in the next five years.

The Mirai employs the so-called Toyota Fuel Cell System (TFCS) that boasts of the combination of fuel cell technology and hybrid technology, making use fuel cell (FC) stack, high-pressure hydrogen tanks and FC boost converter. This FCV could be completely refilled with hydrogen in around three minutes and that already allows the Mirai to travel up to a distance of around 300 km or 186 miles.

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Toyota and BMW continue to fund and develop hydrogen fuel cell technology even as they remain on the race to build electric vehicles. Global warming has been one of the most pre-dominant issues in our society today. With a growing population and greater demand for technologies that are both cheap and efficient, companies are rushing to become the first ones to create environment friendly technologies.

Vehicles have been pinpointed as one of the main contributors of global warming and its emissions are known to have adverse effects to the O-Zone layer. Once fossil fuels like petroleum or diesel are burned to power our vehicles, carbon dioxide is emitted into the atmosphere, slowly boring a hole into our O-Zone layer that protects us from the harmful rays of the sun.

Aside from Global warming, fuel prices have also gone high as demand for more vehicles are also increasing. Moreover, increases in the number of vehicles also mean an increase for the demand in fuel. However, oil companies are now having a hard time to meet these demands so now automakers are in the process of researching alternative ways to power their vehicles.

Read the entire article Fuel-cell-powered BMW i8 may soon be a reality

At the 2016 Washington, D.C. Auto Show, Honda announced its plans to offer for US sales the new 5-passenger, hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan. The Japanese company, famous for the manufacture of automobiles, motorcycles, and power equipment, is planning to have limited volumes at the early stages of production.

Retail leasing to customers in selected California markets is scheduled to commence before the end of this year. The expected cost of the Clarity Fuel Cell is about $60,000 with a targeted lease per month of below $500. Deliveries will begin through certified fuel cell vehicle dealers in San Francisco and Sacramento including Los Angeles and Orange counties.

The company plans to begin by releasing vehicles on lease and advance to retail sales with higher volumes and market coverage, which will correspond with a greater number of vehicle supplies and the expanding hydrogen refueling station network.

Read the entire article Leasing of Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan to start this year, US sales being planned

Elio Motors officially introduced to the world the P5, a fifth generation prototype. This announcement was made during a news conference at one of the most influential auto shows in the world, the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The company says that this enclosed and three-wheeled vehicle is targeted to be launched during the latter part of 2016 with a possible $6,800 base price. The company also expects that it will return 84 MPG.

Though the P5 is a fifth generation, it is the first time that the company will be using a 3-cylinder 0.9-liter engine. This particular engine was developed by IAV for the P5. This is because as the company was developing the P5, it realized that there were no engines available that had the combination that it wanted in terms of efficiency, speed, and power. The engine allows the P5 a 100 mph top speed with acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in 9.6 seconds.

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Honda’s CLARITY FUEL CELL has finally made its debut at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015. A production model has been made available to the public beginning October 30th and it will be on display to attendees of the event until November 8, 2015.

Honda’s plans for the new fuel cell vehicle (FCV) include setting a new standard that similar vehicles will be following in the future. People who remain attached to the capabilities of a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle will feel right at home with the CLARITY FUEL CELL, while enjoying the benefits that an FCV has in store for its users.

Despite having a fuel cell stack that has been reduced in size by 33%, the CLARITY FUEL CELL still gives an output that exceeds 100 kW. The FCV’s output density also improved by about 60%, achieving 3.1KW/L in this new model.

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Because Subaru is a “small company,” it will have to raise its “brand value” in order to keep up with the high costs of producing cleaner cars, according to Fuji Heavy President Yasuyuki Yoshinaga in the June 5 interview by Japan's Nihon Keizai business newspaper. Subaru’s sales in the U.S. is on a fast pace. Its global boss says that it hopes to take advantage of this popularity to offset the cost of green technologies.

Yoshinaga didn’t actually call for higher sticker prices. Rather, he said that he wants to increase its “brand value” as the profit margin goes down because of related costs that have risen higher than anticipated. He explained that the brand isn’t like bigger automakers and it doesn’t benefit as much from the economy of scale so it will have to make up for the additional costs.

He said that development costs have been driven higher by research into hybrid drivetrains – a preferred way to cope with increasingly tougher emission standards. He revealed that the company is working to be compliant with the zero-emission standards that California will impose in 2018. It aims that by then, it will have already launched a plug-in hybrid for North America.

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