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It’s a Gas: Nikola Unveils Hydrogen Heavy-Hauler

Utah start-up hopes to build 50,000 fuel-cell trucks annually.

by on Dec.05, 2016

The Nikola One heavy-duty rig will be able to travel up to 1,200 miles on a fill-up.

A Utah-based start-up hoping to transform the heavy-duty truck industry has rolled out its first hydrogen-powered prototype.

Dubbed Nikola One, the big rig replaces the conventional diesel truck engine with a fuel-cell stack capable, it claims, of delivering the equivalent of 20 miles per gallon – or twice what the best of today’s heavy trucks can deliver. And officials from Nikola Motor Co. claim the rig will get up to 1,200 miles on a tank – though the big challenge today would be finding places to fill up.

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“There are many out there that wondered if we would deliver, but today we proudly show off the most advanced semi-truck ever built,” declared Nikola founder and CEO Trevor Milton, during a well-attended debut in Salt Lake City.

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Chevrolet Gets a Jump as Bolt Production Begins

Sales set to begin before year-end.

by on Nov.07, 2016

A prototype Chevrolet Bolt rolls down the line at the GM plant in Orion Township, Michigan.

The line is moving at a snail’s pace, but production of the Chevrolet Bolt is finally ramping up at the General Motors assembly plant in the Detroit suburb of Orion Township, with the first of the new, long-range battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs, set to go on sale before the end of the year.

Parent General Motors is hoping that it can steal a march on a variety of competitors, notably Tesla Motors, who hope to get their own long-range electric vehicles into showrooms over the next several years. With regulators in the U.S., Europe, Japan and China pushing the industry to expand sales of zero-emissions vehicles, the Bolt could provide the first real test of a vehicle designed to overcome so-called range anxiety.

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But whether motorists will take to the $37,495 Chevy Bolt – or any of the other, more mainstream BEVs to follow is far from certain. Fully electric models have accounted for just 0.4% of the U.S. market so far this year. Adding in plug-ins and conventional hybrids, battery-based vehicles still only make up a miniscule 2.5%.

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Long-Skeptical Toyota Reversing Course on EVs

Pressure from China and the U.S.; hydrogen infrastructure “isn’t there.”

by on Nov.07, 2016

Toyota worked with Tesla to develop the RAV4 EV it sold from 2012 to 2014.

Long focused on hydrogen fuel-cell technology, Toyota Motor Co. is reversing course and will now make a push into long-range battery-electric vehicles, according to several sources.

The move would add the Japanese giant to the list of manufacturers looking to market vehicles that get more than 200 miles per charge. A senior source within the company told TheDetroitBureau.com that Toyota will continue to work on hydrogen power, but he acknowledged the necessary “infrastructure isn’t there,” leaving the company no alternative if it hoped to meet stringent new emissions and mileage regulations.

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“China has been pressure Toyota,” the source said, noting that the Asian nation has been aggressively promoting electrification as a way to address its endemic smog problems. U.S. regulators and clean advocates are also calling on Toyota to deliver battery cars, he said, adding, “That’s the big change for us.”

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Honda Clarity FCV Gets 366-Mile Range Rating from EPA

Best of any current Zero-Emission Vehicle.

by on Oct.24, 2016

Owners may need the extra range to get to the few hydrogen filling stations open to the public.

Better late than never – especially if you can come to market with the longest range of any zero-emission vehicle, it seems.

The new Honda Clarity Fuel-Cell Vehicle will deliver an average 366 miles on a tank of hydrogen, and yield the equivalent of 68 miles per gallon, according to EPA testing. Its debut pushed back by a year, the Clarity now becomes the third hydrogen-powered vehicle on the U.S. market, following a fuel-cell version of the Hyundai Tucson and the new Toyota Mirai.

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“Not only does the Clarity Fuel Cell fit five passengers and refuel in three to five minutes, it offers customers a driving range on par with gasoline-powered cars,” said Steve Center, head of environmental business development for American Honda Motor Co.

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Nissan Takes Novel Approach to Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Power

Maker’s use of ethanol could overcome infrastructure issue.

by on Jun.15, 2016

The hardware side of the Nissan e-Bio Fuel-Cell.

After all but falling off the radar as the spotlight shifted to battery power, fuel-cell technology is suddenly drawing attention again. Hyundai, Toyota and Honda will all be marketing hydrogen cars this year, and a Mercedes-Benz model is set to follow in 2017.

But those and other fuel-cell vehicles in the works will be offered in only limited areas due to the limited availability of hydrogen pumps, an issue that could take decades to resolve. Or maybe not. Nissan has revealed it is taking a novel approach to fuel-cell design that could sidestep the infrastructural challenge.

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According to a report on a Nissan blog, the maker is developing a fuel-cell vehicle, or FCV, that uses ethanol as the source for its hydrogen. The form of alcohol found in beer, wine and liquor, ethanol can be sourced from corn and other crops, rather than using hydrocarbons.

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Hydrogen Cars Just a Dodge, Argues Tesla Exec

Fuel-cell vehicles being used as props to dodge fuel-economy rules, says O’Connell.

by on Nov.20, 2015

Tesla recently launched its second product line, the Model X battery-electric SUV.

Fuel-cell cars are little more than expensive props used by automakers to dodge increasingly tough fuel-economy regulations and emission standards, declared a senior executive from the Tesla Motor Co.

Diarmuid O’Connell, Tesla’s Vice President of Corporate and Business Development, told the Automotive Press Association Friday, that fuel cell technology simply is not practical because it will require a huge investment in an entirely new infrastructure to provide the hydrogen gas those vehicles needed.

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Electric vehicles are more practical because they do not require anywhere as much of a new investment in public infrastructure, argued O’Connell, noting that Tesla has supported an expansion of high-speed EV-charging capabilities off its own balance sheet.

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Chevy Teams Up with US Army, Rolls Out Hydrogen-Powered Colorado Pickup

Clean-power truck to undergo 12 months of extreme testing.

by on Nov.19, 2015

GM offers a tease of the Army-modified Chevrolet Colorado picked running on hydrogen.

Environmentalists aren’t the only ones interested in alternative power. The U.S. Army is teaming up with General Motors to run a year of extreme tests on a Chevrolet Colorado pickup designed to run on hydrogen, rather than gasoline.

The military has quietly spent several years looking at fuel-cell technology because of its potential advantages over conventional power. Among other things, it’s quiet, provides plenty of low-end torque, can generate electric power in the field, and it has a lower heat signature making it harder for an enemy to spot a hydrogen-powered vehicle using infrared glasses or sensors.

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“The potential capabilities hydrogen fuel cell vehicles can bring to the Warfighter are extraordinary, and our engineers and scientists are excited about the opportunity to exercise the limits of this demonstrator,” said Paul Rogers, the director of the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center, also known as TARDEC. (more…)

Honda Set to Reveal Civic Coupe in L.A.

Clarity fuel-cell vehicle to make U.S. debut.

by on Nov.11, 2015

The Honda Civic Concept made a surprise debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show last April.

Honda has a lot coming for Civic fans, with a wide range of body and performance variants set to join the sedan version of the 2016 Honda Civic that officials begins rolling into U.S. showrooms on November 12th.

And the next variant on tap, the 2016 Civic Coupe, will make its debut a week from now at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It will be joined on stage by the next-generation fuel-cell vehicle, the Honda Clarity, which got its global send-off at the Tokyo Motor Show barely two weeks ago.

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“The second in a line of new 10th-generation Civic models that will be launching over the next 18 months,” the maker boasts that the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe “elevates sporty styling and dynamic performance.”

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Toyota Pushes Design Boundaries with FCV Plus

A radical alternative to conventional car design.

by on Oct.29, 2015

The Toyota FCV Plus largely abandons traditional automotive design conventions.

The funky styling of the new Toyota Mirai hydrogen car has already been raising some eyebrows, but if you think that’s pushing the envelope, well, as the old saying goes, you ain’t seen nothing’ yet.

The fundamentals of a fuel-cell vehicle are radically different from those of a car using an internal combustion engine, and Toyota takes things to a radical extreme with the FCV Plus concept vehicle that made its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show this week.

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With the basic hardware driving the prototype neatly tucked away, the FCV devotes virtually every inch above the floorboards to passengers and cargo, resulting in a design that might seem more at home on the set of a science fiction flick than on today’s highways.

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Lexus LF-LC Concept Offers a Good Look at Luxury Brand’s Future

Show car boasts curvaceous design, hydrogen powertrain, gesture controls and a hologram.

by on Oct.28, 2015

The Lexus LF-LC concept rolls onto the stage at the Tokyo Motor Show on Wednesday.

Luxury brand Lexus has rolled out a number of concept vehicles in recent years but, with only a few, rare exceptions, they’ve been little more than fantasies in chrome. But the new Lexus LF-LC unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show on Wednesday is likely to be one of those exceptions.

From a design standpoint, what you see is likely to be – close to — what you’ll get with the next-generation Lexus LS sedan, a senior official told TheDetroitBureau.com. Whether we’ll also see such features as gesture-control electronics and a “hologram guide,” never mind the hydrogen fuel-cell drivetrain, well, that’s another matter entirely

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The luxury arm of Toyota is “constantly striving to deliver awe-inspiring experiences,” said Tokuo Fukuichi, Lexus International President, as the current rolled back to reveal the LF-LC Concept vehicle.

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