Fuel Cell

  • Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle

    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 only sound you'll hear as it approaches is the crunch of the ground beneath its big mud tires. And its heat profile is almost invisible to infrared cameras. MORE: How the Army is testing its hydrogen fuel-cell electric pickup The Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 hydrogen fuel-cell electric truck is quite a...

  • 2017 Toyota Mirai
    Japanese automakers band together on hydrogen infrastructure

    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...

  • 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

    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 concept? Called the FE Fuel Cell concept, this is far from Hyundai's first dabble in hydrogen-fueled cars. As recently as 2016, the company was offering leases on a zero-emission Tucson Fuel Cell in certain parts of California and a few other markets. While that car could cover a maximum of 265 miles...

  • General Motors Brownstown Township factory for assembly of Chevrolet Volt battery packs
    GM, Honda form joint venture for mass production of fuel cells

    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...

  • 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

    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. Rather than pumping hydrogen into the cars at very high pressure, the company proposes to offer a different kind of fuel-cell car—one that is filled with ethanol instead. ALSO SEE: VW commits to 30 electric cars by 2025 in new strategy That fuel, or an ethanol-and-water blend, is "reformed" to...

  • Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell prototype
    GLC F-Cell previews Mercedes fuel cell car coming in 2017

    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...

  • 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 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 thanks to its fuel cell stack it dons Audi’s h-tron label. The string of concepts preview a new Audi crossover coming onto the market in the coming years, one that will most likely be called a Q6 e-tron. So far Audi has only confirmed the battery-electric version for calendar year 2018...

  • Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
    Honda’s Rival To The Toyota Mirai Is The 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell

    Honda is an industry leader in the development of hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles. In 2002, it was the first automaker to begin a retail initiative when it started leasing its original FCX hatch to fleet customers, and by 2005 it was already leasing the cars to individuals. Three years later...

  • Lexus LF-FC concept, 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
    Lexus LF-FC Concept Previews Next LS, Fuel Cell Future: Live Photos & Video

    We expected Lexus to introduce a concept version of the next-generation LS flagship sedan in Tokyo. We didn't expect that it would be a fuel cell vehicle. The Lexus LF-FC concept features a fuel cell stack mounted in the trunk, with the power control unit under the hood and the hydrogen storage...

  • Toyota Kikai concept, 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
    Toyota Bringing Fuel Cells, Hot Rods And Robots To Tokyo Motor Show

    A new sports car won’t be the only attraction on Toyota’s stand at this month’s 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The Japanese automaker has unveiled an assortment of weird and wacky concepts destined for the show, including a robot that if one day produced could serve as a companion to, we...

  • BMW i8 hydrogen fuel cell concept
    BMW i8 Fuel Cell Car Sounds Like The Future: Video

    BMW recently unveiled an i8-based research vehicle that it built several years ago when it first started looking at developing a production-ready hydrogen fuel cell stack. A new video from YouTube channel Cars confirms that the vehicle sounds almost as strange as it looks. ALSO SEE: 5,000-HP...

  • BMW i8 hydrogen fuel cell concept
    BMW Shows Off Fuel Cell-Powered i8 And 5-Series GT

    In late 2011, BMW signed a memorandum of understanding with Toyota for collaboration on a number of projects, one of which was development of a new sports car platform to spawn a replacement for the Z4 as well as a spiritual successor to the Supra. Another crucial area for collaboration was...

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