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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…)

It’s All in the Concept: Show Cars Pack Them in at NAIAS

But what you see might soon be what you get.

by on Jan.16, 2014

Kia's GT4 Stinger Concept was developed in a bid to enhance the Korean carmaker's image.

It’s all in the concept – at least for many automotive show-goers who can’t wait to check out the latest concept vehicles that are on display at this year’s North American International Auto Show.

Nearly a dozen new ones are making their debut this year.  Some, like the new Toyota FT-1, are pure fantasy, designed to stretch the minds of automotive designers and the public alike.  Others, like the Acura TLX Concept, are thinly disguised production vehicles that will reach showrooms in a matter of months.

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“They’re one of the best reasons to come to a show like this,” said Charlie Vogelheim, a California journalist who stuck around after the official NAIAS Media Days this week to get a second, more casual peek at some of the vehicles making their debut in Detroit.

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Skeptics Doubtful About Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

Infrastructure lacking, and will hydrogen be as clean as promised?

by on Nov.25, 2013

Honda revealed a prototype of its own next-gen hydrogen car during the LA Auto Show.

With three different automakers announcing production plans for new fuel-cell vehicles at the L.A. Auto Show, hydrogen power is back in the headlines. But even with Honda’s global autos chief Tetsuo Iwamura calling the technology the “ultimate” solution in the search for clean mobility, not everyone is quite convinced.

With only a handful of fueling stations yet available – and plenty of questions left about how to even produce hydrogen efficiently — some skeptics argue that fuel cell technology remains, as the old adage goes, “the fuel of the future and always will be.”

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Among the many skeptics is Elon Musk, the CEO of electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors, who recently asserted there is “no way” hydrogen can become a viable alternative to battery power, never mind the well-entrenched internal combustion engine. Fuel cells, he argued, are too complex, too costly and there’s a complete lack of a production and distribution network.

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Hyundai Hopes to Fire Up Hydrogen Car Market

Korean maker will launch Tucson Fuel Cell Vehicle at $499 a month – including fuel costs.

by on Nov.21, 2013

Hyundai will bring its Tucson-based hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle to market next spring.

Hyundai will launch U.S. sales of its first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle next spring – and the maker hopes to fire up the market for the zero-emission technology by offering a $499-a-month lease that will include the cost of fueling up the alternative vehicle.

The launch of the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Vehicle will come about a year ahead of when both Toyota and Honda have said they will put their own hydrogen cars into production. Other manufacturers, including General Motors, have suggested they could also launch their own fuel-cell vehicles later in the decade.

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“It feels like a coming-out party for hydrogen at the show this week,” said Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik following the unveiling of the Tucson crossover vehicle during the first day of press previews for the 2013 L.A. Auto Show.

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Honda Rolling Out New Hydrogen-Powered FCEV in LA

“The company’s vision for the future of personal mobility.”

by on Nov.12, 2013

Honda will roll out its 2nd-generation fuel-cell vehicle in Los Angeles next week.

Honda plans to provide its “vision for the future of personal mobility” when it unveils its second-generation, hydrogen-powered car, the new FCEV, at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week.

While it today offers a wide range of hybrid, plug-in and full battery-electric vehicles, Honda has been a long-time advocate of fuel-cell technology – which advocates contend offers significant advantages over current battery technology. But it isn’t alone. Toyota and Hyundai have also committed to launching hydrogen cars, with other makers including General Motors developing their own technology.

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“The Honda FCEV Concept demonstrates the company’s vision for the future of personal mobility and our commitment to developing advanced alternative fuel vehicles,” said Mike Accavitti, American Honda’s senior vice president, in a statement accompanying this sketch of the FCEV Concept.

In typical form, the Honda prototype is expected to be just a thinly disguised version of the real fuel-cell vehicle Honda is planning to bring to the market in 2015 as part of what Accavitti described as “a zero-emissions future.”

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