Fuel Cell

  • Hyundai SUV roadmap

    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 solely on Hyundai’s sedans. In response, Hyundai is planning an onslaught of SUVs as well as a pickup truck. On Wednesday, the automaker presented a roadmap for its new SUVs. Timing on the pickup truck is still murky though we’ve heard a launch around 2020 is possible. As for the SUVs...

  • 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...

  • Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
    Mercedes GLC F-Cell fuel-cell powered SUV revealed, on sale in late 2019

    Mercedes-Benz on Tuesday unveiled a hydrogen fuel cell-powered version of its popular GLC at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The vehicle is virtually production ready, though we won’t see it in showrooms until late 2019, the automaker has confirmed. Called the GLC F-Cell, the design is...

  • Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle
    Riding silently in the US Army's Chevy Colorado ZH2 hydrogen fuel cell truck

    When you're slinking behind enemy lines, the last thing you want is to be detected. For the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), the next step in military vehicle technology marks its location with only a hint of water dripping out of its tailpipe. The...

  • 2017 Toyota Mirai

    Eleven firms from Japan's automotive and energy industries are banding together on hydrogen infrastructure. The firms, which include major automakers Toyota, Nissan and Honda, have signed a memorandum of understanding on collaboration toward the large-scale construction of hydrogen stations for fuel cell vehicles in Japan. The other firms include JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy, Idemitsu Kosan, Iwatani Corporation, Tokyo Gas, Toho Gas, Air Liquide Japan, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and the Development Bank of Japan Inc. The collaboration is backed by the Japanese government whose most recent...

  • Ronn Motor Group proposed hydrogen fuel cell extended-range electric car
    Ronn Motor returns with promise of hydrogen fuel cell extended-range electric cars

    A decade ago, automotive engineer Ronn Ford (aka Ronn Maxwell) unveiled a fuel-efficient supercar powered by a V-6 engine capable of running on a mix of gasoline and hydrogen, the latter sourced from onboard electrolysis of water. The car, called the Ronn Scorpion, was to be the first product from...

  • 2018 Lexus LS500h
    Lexus trademark reveals future LS fuel cell concept

    Lexus seems to have something green planned for the near future, judging by a new trademark filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Lexus has moved to protect the "LS-FC CONCEPT" name from others, for use with “automobiles and structural parts thereof.” It likely hints...

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

    Tesla may have garnered buzz surrounding the announcement it will reveal a semi truck in September, but Toyota this week showed how it imagines revolutionizing the trucking industry. This hunk of tractor trailer metal is called Project Portal, and it's powered exclusively by a hydrogen fuel cell...

  • 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid
    Honda Clarity family grows with plug-in, electric models at 2017 NY auto show

    Honda’s Clarity Fuel Cell will soon be joined by plug-in hybrid and battery-electric variants. The Japanese automaker unveiled the two new variants on Wednesday at the 2017 New York auto show. The cars are known as the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Clarity Electric, with the Clarity Plug-In...

  • Hyundai FE Fuel Cell concept, 2017 Geneva auto show
    Hyundai FE Fuel Cell concept is inspired by water (and emits it, too)

    The 2017 Geneva auto show has, broadly speaking, been about performance and luxury. The Aston Martin Valkyrie, Porsche 911 GT3 (with a manual transmission!), Range Rover Velar, Audi RS 5, and Mercedes-AMG GT concept are a few highlights. And now, Hyundai has come along with… a fuel cell...

  • General Motors Brownstown Township factory for assembly of Chevrolet Volt battery packs

    General Motors and Honda on Tuesday announced plans to produce a next-generation hydrogen fuel cell system together starting around 2020. The two automakers are making equal investments totaling $85 million in the joint venture, labeled Fuel Cell System Manufacturing, and will use the resulting fuel cells for future products from their respective brands. It’s not unusual for rival automakers to collaborate in such a manner. For example, even as far back as 1999, GM and Honda collaborated in a powertrain cross-supply arrangement under which Honda manufactured 50,000 V-6 engines for the...

  • 2017 Toyota Mirai
    Oil firms, automakers form council to promote hydrogen

    Electric cars have moved from the fringes of the new car market to the mainstream, thanks mostly to the efforts of Tesla [NSDQ:TSLA] but also the ease and low cost at which owners can “refuel” their cars. Coming as no surprise, it’s the exact opposite for hydrogen fuel cell cars...

  • Nikola One
    Meet Nikola's hydrogen fuel cell extended-range electric truck

    It was in June that American electric vehicle startup Nikola turned up out of the blue and announced plans to unveil an electric semi-trailer truck by the end of the year. On Thursday, the company stayed true to its word and presented the One electric semi-trailer Class 8 truck. The Nikola One is...

  • Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle
    Army to test mean-looking Chevy Colorado ZH2 fuel cell pickup

    Hydrogen-powered fuel cell cars may not make much sense yet for Joe Public, but the U.S. Army sees numerous benefits in the technology. It’s now about to embark on an extensive evaluation program, using a radical fuel cell pickup concept developed by General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] as the...

  • Nikola One natural gas-electric semi truck
    Nikola One electric truck to come with hydrogen fuel cell range-extender

    American electric truck startup Nikola made headlines in June when it announced it had received as many as 7,000 pre-orders for an extended-range electric semi truck claimed to have 2,000 horsepower on tap and a 1,200-mile range. Nikola originally said the truck’s range-extender would be a...

  • Slide from Nissan presentation on 'e-Bio Fuel Cell' technology, June 2016
    Nissan proposes ethanol for future fuel cell cars, to avoid hydrogen fueling

    Electric cars are showing up all over the place, but hydrogen fuel-cell cars have lagged behind, with only three Asian makers committed to offering them in the U.S. That's partly because setting up a network of hydrogen stations to fuel them is slow and expensive. Now Nissan has a better idea...

  • Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell prototype

    Mercedes-Benz first tested the waters with a vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell with the unveiling of the B-Class F-Cell in 2009, which the automaker didn’t actually sell to the public but leased to a small number of customers and fleet buyers to learn about usage patterns. The automaker has now unveiled a prototype that previews a hydrogen fuel cell car set for launch in 2017. The car will be based on the GLC platform and most likely make its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show. Fuel cell cars are essentially electric cars that instead of relying on a battery to draw power use a...

  • 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell
    Honda Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid coming in 2017

    Honda’s new Clarity Fuel Cell will soon be joined by plug-in hybrid and battery-electric variants. The Clarity Fuel Cell goes on sale in late 2016. It’s powered by a 174-horsepower electric motor that draws its energy from a battery that can be charged on the run by a hydrogen fuel cell...

  • Pininfarina H2 Speed concept, 2016 Geneva Motor Show
    Pininfarina H2 Speed concept is an eco-friendly race car

    Utilizing a hydrogen fuel cell, the zero-emission H2 Speed concept that debuted at this week's 2016 Geneva Motor Show might be the cleanest racing car ever built. The concept was styled by famed Italian firm Pininfarina but engineering outfit GreenGT provided its low-emission expertise. A pair of...

  • Riversimple Rasa
    Brit Firm Riversimple Resurfaces With Rasa Fuel Cell Car

    British firm Riversimple showed the first prototype of a small hydrogen-powered fuel cell car in 2009, but there's been little apparent activity from the company in recent years. Now Riversimple is back with a new car called the Rasa—as in tabula rasa, Latin for "clean slate." CHECK OUT: Audi...

  • 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell
    Honda prices 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell, promises plug-in hybrid by 2018

    Honda’s hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show has been confirmed for sale in the United States towards the end of this year. It will arrive as a 2017 model and wear a price tag of around $60,000. However, the vehicle will only be available to lease customers...

  • Audi h-tron quattro concept, 2016 Detroit Auto Show
    Audi Hints At Q6 Fuel Cell With h-tron quattro Concept

    Audi has demonstrated the versatility of its new MLB Evo platform by unveiling yet another concept based on the platform, this time packing a hydrogen fuel cell stack. The latest concept is virtually identical to the battery-electric e-tron quattro rolled out at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, though...

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