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10 American Cities with the Greenest Car Shoppers

Go West, young eco-buyer!

by on Apr.16, 2015

The Tesla Model S has won over many buyers with its performance, as well as its eco-friendly nature.

Spend some time out in Los Angeles and you’ll spot a seemingly endless stream of Ferraris, Maseratis and other exotic sports cars. In fact, Southern California is the world’s largest market for high-performance Mercedes-AMG models.

But Tinseltown drivers also love their Teslas, and Toyota Prius hybrids, making L.A. one of the country’s largest markets for green machines, as well.

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Just in time for Earth Day, the folks at probed their search data to see which cities have the most eco-friendly buyers. And they were in for a few surprises. For one thing, the Top 10 was made up entirely of West Coast cities this year. And while it might seem reasonable that places like Portland, San Francisco and LA made the cut, there were some smaller cities represented as well.


Despite Skeptics, Fuel-Cell Vehicles Hit the Market

“Fool cells” or “fuel of the future”?

by on Jul.15, 2014

Toyota Executive Vice President Mitsuhisa Kato reveals the company's new FCV fuel cell vehicle in Japan.

Hyundai’s first fuel-cell vehicle, a zero-emissions version of its Tucson sport-ute, has just gone on sale in Southern California, and hydrogen-powered Honda and Toyota models will follow in the months ahead.  Mercedes-Benz is fleet testing its own F-Cell model, and other makers, such as General Motors, may soon enter the fuel-cell market, as well.

To proponents, hydrogen is the ultimate form of clean energy, and one that overcomes many of the drawbacks of battery power such as limited range and long charging cycles. Yet reaction to the technology remains sharply divided.

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Elon Musk, founder and CEO of TeslaMotors, the California-based battery-carmaker, has repeatedly asserted that hydrogen vehicles will never pay off commercially, deriding them as “fool cells.”

But after years on the back burner as money and resources were shifted to battery technology, hydrogen has been regaining momentum in the U.S. and abroad.


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…)

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.”


Governors Agree to Get 3.3 Million More Zero-Emission Cars on Roads

Improving infrastructure tops list of efforts in eight states.

by on Oct.25, 2013

Eight states have agreed to get 3.3 million zero emission cars on the roads, in part, by getting more charging stations built.

The push to get more zero emission vehicles on U.S. roads just got a significant boost as eight governors pledged to get 3.3 million more non-polluting cars on the roads by 2025.

The agreement by the leaders from California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Oregon, Maryland, Rhode Island, New York and Vermont isn’t binding, but includes what many observers consider a key component to getting more of those vehicles on the road: a commitment to build charging stations and other infrastructure components.

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While the agreement requires no specific financial commitment, the deal has the states working together to change building codes and other regulations to allow a quick rollout of new charging stations. (more…)

Hyundai Set to Bring New Hydrogen Car to U.S. in Early 2014

Korean maker betting ultra-clean fuel cells can overcome limits of battery power.

by on Oct.23, 2013

Hyundai is already selling the iX35 hydrogen car in Europe and prepping the little crossover for the American market.

Hyundai is betting heavily on the world’s lightest gas – with U.S. sales of its new hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle set to begin in the U.S. early next year.

Sometimes described as “refillable batteries,” fuel cells produce nothing but water vapor in their exhaust and are one of only a handful of ways to meet the stringent zero-emission vehicle, or ZEV, requirements set for California and other parts of the world. But hydrogen power has its own drawbacks, including the lack of a refueling infrastructure that experts warn could take years – and cost billions of dollars – to overcome.

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“We are studying the market to see which will work better,” Moon-Sik Kwan, president of Hyundai Motor Group’s R&D Division, tells, noting that while Hyundai is focusing on hydrogen, its South Korean partner Kia is preparing a battery-electric version of its little Soul crossover.


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Excerpt from: Tomorrow's Energy: Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and the Prospects for a Cleaner Planet

by on Mar.12, 2012

Honda has set up a solar-powered hydrogen refueling station near Los Angeles for the maker's FCX Clarity hydrogen vehicle.

Editor’s Note: We hear a lot about battery power these days, some proponents insists that hybrids, plug-ins and battery-electric vehicles will be the only way to achieve the tough new mileage standards set for 2016 and 2025. Yet, not everyone is betting on batteries. There are plenty of proponents who believe the real answer is hydrogen, the most abundant element in the universe and a gas that could truly achieve zero-emission driving.

Among the true believers is Peter Hoffmann, publisher of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Letter, and author of the new book, “Tomorrow’s Energy: Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and the Prospects for a Cleaner Planet.” has this excerpt from that new book, the chapter titled, Terra Transport: Hydrogen for Cars, Buses, Bikes, and Boats.  To read more, Click Here for a link to

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“Basically, we can mass produce these now. We are waiting for the infrastructure to catch up.”

That’s what Kazuaki Umezu, the head of Honda’s New Model Center, told reporters who in mid-2008 had come to cover a momentous event in the annals of hydrogen and fuel cell technology: the launch of the Japanese carmaker’s—and the world’s—first dedicated fuel cell car assembly plant in Takanezawa, a small town of some 30,000 residents about 80 miles north of Tokyo.


China: Clean Cars, Dirty Coal Don’t Mix

New study warns battery cars could actually worsen air in cities like Beijing.

by on Feb.14, 2012

China's Datong coal-fired generating plant.

Chinese regulators have put a premium on turning to battery power for the nation’s fast-growing automotive fleet.  But a new study questions whether they are simply going to trade off one form of pollution for another.

With the vast bulk of China’s electric power coming from coal generators, the new study by the University of Tennessee, University of Minnesota, and China’s Tsinghua University suggests that for most of that country’s consumers, gasoline-powered vehicles or those using conventional hybrid-electric technology may actually be cleaner than those proponents prefer to bill as “zero-emission” vehicles, or ZEVs.

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The benefits of going “green” vary by region.  Across China, 68% of electricity is now generated from coal.  But in some regions, such as the area around the massive Three Rivers Gorge damn project where there’s the availability of plenty of hydro power, the payoff is more substantial.


Automakers Tout Green Efforts

All new Chevy models will show “EcoLogic” label.

by on Feb.02, 2012

Chevy's new EcoLogic label will first appear on the new Chevrolet Sonic small car then expand to the rest of the brand's line-up.

You’ve got to go green to earn some green, it seems.

Automakers are putting ever more emphasis on their environmental efforts, touting even the most subtle efforts to win over ever more Earth-conscious buyers.  That includes everything from adding new zero-emission products to their line-ups to the use of plant fibers to replace parts and components traditionally made from oil-based materials.

Manufacturers have come to realize that while it’s hard to get a premium for going green they can tarnish their image and lose sales if they don’t

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Chevrolet will make sure that consumers don’t miss its efforts, starting with the compact Sonic model.  It will next month introduce the maker’s EcoLogic label, designed to explain how the vehicle was made, how it can be recycled and how much fuel was saved using alternate materials.  General Motors’ largest division plans to roll the EcoLogic label out across its line-up in the coming year.


California Regulators Want 1.4 Mil Zero-Emission Vehicles on Road

CARB wants to cut CO2 emissions on gas models by half.

by on Dec.13, 2011

New California rules would put as many as 1.4 million zero-emission vehicles, like this Mitsubishi battery car, on the road.

The California Air Resources Board has released a new set of policies aimed at cutting vehicle pollution, guarantee consumer access to clean fuels and “foster” the development of zero-emission car technology. The major changes in policies will apply to new vehicles sold through 2025.

The new plans includes the most significant changes to the Zero Emissions Vehicles (ZEV) program in its 20-year history—requiring battery, fuel cell, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to account for 1.4 million new vehicle sales in the state between 2018 and 2025,pushing carmakers to increase the introduction of vehicles with alternative powertrain technology. The rules are certain to prove controversial.

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The Clean Fuels Outlet (CFO) rules would require oil companies to install hydrogen refueling stations as automakers ramp up sales of fuel cell vehicles, ensuring consumers have access to fuel for these vehicles. The CFO also requires California to study infrastructure needs for vehicles that recharge from the electric grid. By 2025, California’s plan calls for a 75% reduction in smog-forming emissions from new cars and light truck tailpipes, the near elimination of evaporative emissions, and a reduction in toxic particulate matter.