Fuel Cell

  • Audi h-tron quattro concept, 2016 Detroit Auto Show

    Although Audi plans for a slew of new electric cars, fuel-cell technology is far from dead at the German luxury brand. According to an Autocar report on Friday, Audi has serious concerns about sourcing battery materials for electric cars responsibly and meeting customer demands for range and charging. That has led Audi to spearhead hydrogen fuel-cell development once again. Per the report, Audi will resume development under its h-tron program and Audi will be the source of any major breakthroughs within VW Group. Audi Chairman Bram Schot said the goal is to speed up development for fuel cell...

  • 2019 Kenworth Toyota T680 FCET class 8 semi-trailer truck
    Toyota and Kenworth reveal first fuel cell-electric truck ready to haul cargo

    It's been two years since Toyota and truck manufacturer Kenworth showed off a proof of concept for a semi-trailer truck powered purely by hydrogen. On Monday, they showed off the first of 10 planned examples that late this year will start transporting cargo across the Los Angeles basin and to...

  • Toyota Project Portal 2.0 fuel cell-powered semi-trailer truck
    Kenworth to build semi trucks powered by Toyota fuel cells

    American truck manufacturer Kenworth will build a fleet of 10 semi-trailer trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cell-electric powertrains sourced from Toyota. The two firms made the announcement on Tuesday in Las Vegas at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show. The collaboration is part of the $41 million...

  • Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell
    Mercedes delivers first GLC F-Cell hydrogen-electric hybrid SUVs

    Mercedes-Benz has delivered the first examples of its hydrogen-electric GLC F-Cell SUVs to customers in Germany. Those initial owners include German railway operator, Deutsche Bahn. Other companies that will soon take delivery of the SUV include Air Liquide, Shell, Linde AG, and the cities of...

  • Toyota Project Portal 2.0 fuel cell-powered semi-trailer truck
    Toyota's Project Portal fuel cell semi progresses to beta stage

    Toyota isn't giving up on its support of fuel cells and is instead working on applying the technology in both passenger cars and commercial vehicles. The automaker already has a fuel cell car on sale in the form of the Mirai and has hinted at more offerings, including from its upmarket brand Lexus...

  • Toyota sponsors Energy Observer autonomous hydrogen-powered boat
    Toyota supports hydrogen-powered autonomous boat

    Toyota is one of a few major automakers that has thrown its weight behind hydrogen as a future fuel source, and the Japanese firm is taking its learnings around the globe and to the open seas. Toyota announced last week that it will support the Energy Observer, a hydrogen-powered autonomous boat...

  • Hyundai Nexo

    Two unlikely partners will join forces for the greater good of zero-emission driving. In a Tuesday announcement, Hyundai and Audi said both will partner for future fuel-cell technology. With the newly inked partnership, both makes will grant mutual access to fuel-cell components while leveraging research and development experience. To start, Hyundai said it will first give Audi access to parts that are based on the make's knowledge from ix35 Fuel Cell and Nexo fuel-cell vehicles' development. Neither company said when the partnership and patent sharing will expire—only that patent...

  • Aiways RG Nathalie
    Gumpert returns with new Chinese partner, RG Nathalie fuel cell sports car

    German engineer Roland Gumpert is back with a new sports car, and this time it's got a revolutionary electric powertrain. Gumpert is the person behind the legendary Gumpert Apollo line of supercars. After his Gumpert brand ran into financial difficulties earlier this decade, the company was taken...

  • Lexus LF-FC concept, 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
    Lexus mulls electric, fuel cell powertrains for LS

    The Lexus LS may soon receive alternative powertrains to challenge new electric cars being developed for the full-size luxury sedan segment by rivals such as Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz, not to mention Tesla and its Model S. But Lexus isn't just looking at pure electric powertrains. It seems every...

  • Pininfarina H2 Speed concept
    Pininfarina confirms specs for production H2 Speed supercar

    Pininfarina bosses are planning the launch of a premium electric car brand utilizing the name and talents of the Italian design house. And a Pininfarina-badged car has already been confirmed for production later in 2018. We are talking about the H2 Speed, an electric supercar that relies on a...

  • Pininfarina H2 Speed concept
    Pininfarina H2 Speed supercar confirmed for production

    Italian design house Pininfarina used the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show to unveil the H2 Speed concept. The sultry supercar featured a hydrogen fuel cell power source and provided a glimpse at a potential future for motorsports where race cars produce zero emissions. It turns out the concept...

  • Hyundai Nexo self-driving prototype
    Hyundai self-driving car completes 100-mile trek on its own

    Hyundai aims to have a Level 4 self-driving car on the market by 2021 and has demonstrated its progress in the field with five prototypes completing a 118-mile journey on their own. Three of the prototypes were Hyundai's new Nexo fuel cell car, making this the first demonstration of a self-driving...

  • Nikola One

    Nikola has taken a major step toward bringing its extended-range electric semi-trailer truck to market. The company announced on Tuesday that Buckeye, Arizona will be home to its future manufacturing facility. The American startup debuted its One electric semi in December 2016. At that time, Nikola said production would start in 2020. The latest update from Nikola states that a new 500-acre, one million-square foot facility will bring more than $1 billion in investments by 2024, though there isn't a more specific production timeline. The Nikola One semi uses a 320-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion...

  • 2018 Volvo XC60
    Volvo open to fuel cells as range extenders in longer term

    Volvo made a wave when it became one of the first brands to announce that every vehicle it launches from 2019 on would feature an electric motor, but it won't stop there. While the near-term goal is to introduce more battery-electric cars, the brand won't exclude hydrogen fuel cells. Drive reported...

  • Kia Niro EV concept, 2018 Consumer Electronics Show
    Kia Niro EV concept with 238-mile range debuts at 2018 CES

    The Kia Niro is a compact crossover SUV that debuted in hybrid form in 2016. Last year the range was expanded with the addition of a plug-in hybrid version. Soon, we’ll be able to add a pure electric version to that list. Kia previewed the electric version of the Kia Niro on Monday with the...

  • Hyundai Nexo
    Hyundai reveals Nexo fuel cell-powered SUV at 2018 CES

    Hyundai on Monday rolled out the Nexo SUV at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show. The Nexo is a dedicated fuel cell vehicle that will serve as the replacement for Hyundai’s Tucson Fuel Cell when it goes on sale later this year. Hyundai previewed the model with the FE Fuel Cell concept at the...

  • Chrome exhaust pipe
    Proposed bill calls for ban on internal combustion cars in California by 2040

    The state of California is, and has been, a staunch supporter of electric cars and tight regulations aimed at curbing car emissions in order to reduce pollution. Most of its programs and initiatives have supported the sale of electrified cars in general, but the state may take a much bigger, more...

  • Hyundai Nexo
    Hyundai gives first look at new fuel cell-powered SUV

    Hyundai will present a fuel cell-powered SUV at next week’s 2018 Consumer Electronics Show. The vehicle, whose name will be revealed at the show, serves as the replacement for the Tucson Fuel Cell but is a standalone model with its own styling. It’s due on sale in limited regions later...

  • 2017 Toyota Mirai

    Japan’s three major automakers Toyota, Nissan and Honda have teamed up with local energy firms and the Japanese government to form a new company whose purpose is to roll out hydrogen filling stations. The company, which will be established next spring, has an initial goal of 160 stations to be up and running in Japan by 2020, at which point it is expected there will be 40,000 fuel cell cars on the road. The company will also look at ways to improve the costs and efficiencies of delivering hydrogen to customers. There are 11 firms behind the new company, most of them coming from the...

  • 2019 Hyundai fuel cell SUV spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Hyundai fuel cell SUV spy shots

    Hyundai’s new hydrogen fuel cell-powered SUV has been spotted testing for the first time. The vehicle is due on sale in early 2018, so its reveal can’t be far. This is backed by the lack of camouflage gear on the test vehicles. An appearance at next week’s 2017 Los Angeles Auto...

  • Hyundai SUV roadmap
    Hyundai SUV onslaught will include diesel, electric and fuel cell models

    Hyundai’s been caught out by the consumer shift to SUVs and pickup trucks, and this is reflected in the automaker’s sales which in the first half of the year are down nearly 11 percent compared to an overall market decline of only 2.9 percent. The picture is much bleaker when you focus...

  • Toyota Fine-Comfort Ride concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    Toyota hints at luxury car of the future with fuel cell concept

    Toyota’s first volume fuel cell vehicle, the Mirai, is an econo sedan priced like a luxury one. Understandably, the car hasn’t proven a hit, with Toyota moving just 708 examples in the first half of 2017 in the United States. (Of course, it also doesn’t help that hydrogen fueling...

  • Toyota 'Project Portal' proof-of-concept hydrogen fuel-cell powered semi tractor, for Port of LA
    Toyota starts testing Project Portal fuel cell semi truck

    Toyota in April revealed a fuel cell-powered semi-trailer truck as part of its Project Portal program which aims to determine whether there’s a viable future for the zero-emission technology when it comes to heavy-duty applications. On Thursday, the automaker announced that the truck is...

  • General Motors’ Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS)
    SURUS: GM's modular platform for silent, self-driving trucks

    While some automakers look to electrify conventional trucks, General Motors has taken a much more radical approach in its development of next-generation commercial vehicles. Meet the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure, or SURUS for short. Unveiled on Friday ahead of the fall meeting of...

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