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Honda Delivers First U.S. Fuel-Cell Vehicle – a Year Late

Sales limited to select regions in California.

by on Dec.20, 2016

Honda's new Clarity fuel-cell vehicle is part of an onslaught of the vehicles that have hit U.S. roads in the last 18 months.

Honda delivered the first of its new fuel-cell vehicles to U.S. customers on Monday, becoming the third automaker to enter the hydrogen car market.

But as with Toyota and Hyundai, sales of the new Honda Clarity Fuel-Cell Vehicle will be limited to select portions of California, including Orange County, San Francisco and Sacramento, where a public supply of hydrogen is readily available.

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The lack of a production and distribution network is considered the single-largest obstacle to widespread adoption of fuel-cell technology. But California and several other states are taking steps aimed at expanding availability of the clean fuel during the next decade. (more…)

Toyota Touts Fuel Cell as Zero Emission Answer

Japanese maker sees fuel cell as the zero emission future.

by on Apr.13, 2016

Toyota leads the way in fuel-cell technology with the Mirai. Officials believe fuel cells are best for moving large vehicles with zero emissions.

Fuel cells using hydrogen remain the best alternative for moving heavy vehicles such as buses and trucks over long distances with zero emissions.

Justin Ward, general manager, Powertrain Systems Controls at Toyota Engineering and Manufacturing North America, iterated his support for the fuel cell during a panel discussion on the future of mobility as the annual Society of Automotive Engineers Congress got underway in Detroit.

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Battery electric vehicles remain the best alternative for short trips in urban areas, while hybrids and plug-in hybrids can work well for consumers who need a larger vehicle. But fuel cells work especially well in larger vehicles such busses and heavy-duty trucks, said Ward, noting extended duty cycles in big vehicles can help cover the cost of fuel cells. (more…)

Affordable Hydrogen Could Send Sales of Fuel-Cell Vehicles Soaring

U.S. “tantalizingly close to a fuel-cell transition,” says U-C Davis study.

by on Aug.15, 2014

U-C Davis Prof. Joan Ogden shown going for a drive in a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle.

“Hydrogen is the fuel of the future,” goes the adage among automotive and environmental researchers, “and it always will be.”

Back around the turn of the Millennium, its time seemed to come, only to fall out of favor once again, as battery-power gained traction – and R&D dollars. But suddenly, hydrogen is once again gaining momentum, Hyundai recently launching sales of its first fuel-cell vehicle, and with Toyota and Honda planning FCVs of their own next year.

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The makers are all focusing on just the Southern California market, largely because it’s the only place where buyers currently can fill up. But a new study by the University of California, Davis says we may be approaching the tipping point where hydrogen will become the fuel of today. (more…)

Toyota Selling FCV for $70,000 in Japan

Maker’s fuel cell vehicle will hit U.S. next summer.

by on Jun.25, 2014

Mitsuhisa Kato, Toyota Motor Corp. executive vice president, revealed the pricing of the company's new FCV fuel cell vehicle in Japan.

In the battle for zero-emission vehicle supremacy, everyone now knows what the latest entrant – Toyota’s FCV – will cost: about $70,000.

The Japanese automaker announced pricing on its new fuel cell vehicle, which will be available in Japan starting next spring. About the size of a Camry, the car is expected to come to the U.S. and Europe sometime that summer.

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It will join Hyundai’s Tucson fuel cell and a slew of others on the way, on the fuel cell side of the ZEV-side of the aisle, while the Tesla Model S and other EVs sit on the battery electric side. (more…)

California Drops $46.6 Million on New Hydrogen Fueling Stations

Automakers expanding fuel cell vehicle fleet in U.S.

by on May.07, 2014

Hyundai will bring its Tucson-based hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle to market later this year.

While California is generally seen as the land of “green” experiments, the state is putting its money where its mouth is with the installation of dozens of new hydrogen fueling stations across the state.

The California Energy Commission is investing $46.6 million to accelerate the development of hydrogen fueling stations. The cash infusion will add 28 new stations to the existing nine stations. There are another 17 sites in various stages of development, which would bring the total stations expected online in the next couple of years to 54. That commission’s goal is 100 stations.

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The debate over the viability of hydrogen-powered vehicles typically has been a chicken-or-the-egg style debate. Automakers have not pushed the development of the vehicles because there is no infrastructure in place to refuel the vehicles. Of course, the hydrogen fuel providers have countered they don’t want to invest in pricey new stations when there aren’t vehicles using them. (more…)

Toyota Trying to Replicate Prius Success with Fuel Cells

Carter believes Japanese maker is ahead of the curve.

by on Jan.15, 2014

Toyota's Bob Carter reveals the FCV hydrogen car concept vehicle at CES. Carter thinks the FCV could be the next Prius.

Despite the skepticism of some notable critics, the fuel cell represents an emerging of enormous potential as source of power for automobiles. In fact, one company believes that fuel-cell technology is going follow the same arc as hybrids: Toyota.

Robert Carter, senior vice president of Toyota Motor Sales USA, said in a speech to the Automotive News World Congress, automakers must respond to long-term needs “of our customers, our society, and our environment” and fuel cells hold enormous potential, which is the key reason why Toyota has introduced a fuel cell vehicle it plans to sell or lease to consumers in the United States next year.

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“Now, I realize there is no shortage of naysayers regarding the viability of this technology and the infrastructure to support it,” Carter said. “Personally, I don’t care what Elon (Musk of Tesla) or Carlos (Ghosn of Nissan) say about fuel cells. If they want to ‘plug in and tune out’ other technologies, that’s fine,” he said. (more…)

Toyota Jumps into Hydrogen Fuel Cell Fray with FCV

New vehicle coming in 2015 to Japan; U.S. and Europe to follow.

by on Nov.21, 2013

The Toyota FCV is already facing competition from Hyundai's fuel cell-powered Tucson.

Toyota is the latest automaker this week to jump headlong into the hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle market with its plan to begin selling its FCV in Japan in 2015 with the United States and Europe to follow.

The Japanese maker’s announcement follows similar proclamations from Honda and Hyundai, which pledged to offer fuel cell vehicles in a similar time frame. Toyota has been tinkering with hydrogen power since 1992 but this time, “I think it’s the real deal,” said Jim Lentz, Toyota’s top U.S. executive.

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“I think this is a real solution because consumers want clean vehicles that act like today’s cars, and this is as close as you get.” (more…)

Honda Joins Hydrogen Race with FCEV Fuel Cell Concept

Polarizing design heralds production zero-emission vehicle coming in 2015.

by on Nov.21, 2013

Honda's FCEV concept will go into production in 2015.

Honda joined the unexpected resurgence in hydrogen power this week with the official unveiling of its FCEV fuel-cell vehicle concept car – the maker promising to put a final version into production by 2015.

Honda has been one of the longest and most consistent proponents of hydrogen power – which it sees as the most effective path to a zero-emission, petroleum-free future. The maker says recent developments have made fuel cell technology competitive with the internal combustion engine and a serious alternative to batteries – though officials acknowledge that there is an urgent need to create a hydrogen refueling infrastructure before the clean technology can truly go mass-market.

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A vehicle like the Honda FCEV concept “is what we believe could be the ultimate solution to low-carbon mobility,” declared Tetsuo Iwamura, Honda Motor Co.’s top North American executive and COO of its global automotive operations. “At the same time,” he stressed, a vehicle like the FCEV can be “fun to drive and fun to own.” (more…)