Fuel Cell

  • BMW i8 hydrogen fuel cell concept

    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 hydrogen fuel cell technology, with BMW able to leverage Toyota’s years of research in the field. Despite the lack of a refueling infrastructure and the dubious means by which the majority of commercially available hydrogen is sourced (typically from natural gas that’s undergone steam-methane...

  • BMW V12 LMR that won overall in the 1999 24 Hours of Le Mans
    BMW To Return To Le Mans With Radical Hydrogen Fuel Cell Racer?

    BMW hasn’t competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 1999, when its V12 LMR secured the first and only overall victory for the German automaker in the prestigious race. Now, BMW might be planning a comeback, though the goal this time isn’t thought to be competing with the likes of...

  • 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
    New Patents Surface For Porsche Electric And Fuel Cell Sedans

    New patents have emerged suggesting Porsche is serious about launching zero-emission versions of its upcoming mid-size sedan due towards the end of the decade. Nicknamed the Pajun, short for “Panamera junior”, the mid-size sedan is being developed as a rival for the Maserati Ghibli and...

  • Toyota Mirai serves as official pace car for 2015 Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race
    Toyota Mirai Becomes World's First Fuel Cell Pace Car

    Toyota is keen to get the message out about its new fuel cell-powered Mirai and recently launched a video that attempts to convey to the masses the somewhat dubious benefits of a vehicle that runs on hydrogen. The Japanese automaker is now taking its promotional efforts a step further, announcing...

  • Honda FCV Concept live photos, 2015 Detroit Auto Show
    Honda FCV Concept At The Detroit Auto Show: Live Photos

    The Honda FCV concept made its second auto-show appearance in Detroit.

  • Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion concept, 2015 Consumer Electronics Show
    The future arrives early with Mercedes-Benz F015 self-driving car concept

    The new autonomous car concept Mercedes-Benz has been teasing for this week’s 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has been revealed as the F015 Luxury in Motion, a self-driving, fully-connected, hydrogen-electric plug-in hybrid that offers a vision of driving in the future. In...

  • 2016 Toyota Mirai

    Yesterday, we got our first look at Toyota’s new fuel cell vehicle due in showrooms next fall, the 2016 Mirai. Now, we have the all-important pricing details on the hydrogen-powered sedan, which—impressively—comes close to matching the original $50,000 promise made by Toyota as far back as 2010. MUST SEE: 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Packs New V-8, Serious Track Upgrades: Video Fuel cell fans will be able to lease the Mirai for $499 per month over 36 months, with $3,649 due at lease signing, or they can purchase the vehicle outright for $57,500. With combined state and...

  • Honda FCV Concept
    Honda Concept Previews New Fuel Cell Vehicle Coming In 2016

    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 with the leasing of fuel cell vehicles to fleet customers with its original FCX hatch, and by 2005 it was already leasing the cars to individuals...

  • Toyota FCV concept, 2013 Tokyo Motor Show
    Toyota FCV Concept Previews Fuel Cell Car Coming In 2015: Tokyo Motor Show

    Toyota’s first production fuel cell vehicle is edging closer, with the Japanese automaker presenting a thinly veiled concept version of the upcoming zero emission car at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show earlier today. The concept is the FCV, a production version of which is scheduled for launch in...

  • Honda FCEV Concept teaser sketch, 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show
    Honda FCEV Fuel Cell Concept Previews FCX Clarity Successor

    Honda will present a new concept car at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show that will be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Called the FCEV, the new concept is said to preview the potential styling of a successor to the FCX Clarity, which is scheduled for launch in 2015, the same year close rival Toyota...

  • Toyota FCV concept, Tokyo Motor Show 2013
    Toyota Previews FCV And FV2 Tokyo Motor Show Concepts

    Toyota will unveil two futuristic concepts at the Tokyo Motor Show

  • Toyota FCV-R concept, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show
    Toyota Preparing Updated FCV-R Concept For Frankfurt Auto Show

    Toyota is committed to launching an affordable fuel cell vehicle by 2015 and has already previewed it with the original FCV-R concept first shown in 2011. At the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show next week, Toyota will present an updated version of its FCV-R concept that’s said to more closely...

  • Mercedes-Benz B Class F-Cell

    The parent company of German luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz, Daimler, has announced it’s formed an alliance with Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] and Nissan to help accelerate the development and eventual launch of hydrogen fuel cell technology for cars. The announcement comes just days after it was reported that Mercedes was delaying the launch of its first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle by at least three years, and seeking a partner to help share development costs. It also comes just days after close rival BMW announced it would work with Toyota to jointly develop new fuel cell...

  • Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell
    Mercedes-Benz Delays Fuel Cell Plans, Seeks Partner: Report

    Mercedes-Benz has decided to delay plans for the launch of a mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell vehicle until at least 2017, three years later than it had originally hoped. The vehicle was to be based on its latest B Class compact MPV sold overseas and feature a powertrain developed using knowledge...

  • The GreenGT H2 hydrogen fuel cell Le Mans Prototype - image: Dunlop Motorsport
    GreenGT to run hydrogen fuel cell car at Le Mans in 2013

    When the cars take to the Circuit de la Sarthe for the 2013 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the vehicle occupying the 56th pit box will be like no other in the history of endurance racing. Powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, the electric-motor-driven GreenGT H2 will be capable of reaching speeds...

  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    Mercedes E Superlight: Carbon Fiber, Fuel Cell Exec For 2015

    It's difficult to discuss the weight of modern cars without referring to the old Colin Chapman adage, "add lightness". Still, the old Lotus chap had a point--by making a car lightweight, you improve it in every dynamic area, and efficiency increases too. Automakers are once more starting to take...

  • 2006 BMW Hydrogen 7
    BMW And GM To Form Hydrogen Fuel Cell Partnership?

    BMW has just announced that it will work more closely with Toyota to advance the development of lithium-ion battery technology for application in future cars. Now there’s word that BMW is also looking for a tie-up with General Motors in the area of hydrogen fuel cell technology. The word...

  • 2011 Toyota FCV-R Concept
    Prius C, FCV-R And FT-EV III Highlight Toyota’s Stand In Tokyo

    Tomorrow is the first official press day of the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, but there’s another major automotive event taking place this month, the prestigious 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, which kicks off on November 30. Not surprisingly, information on all the new model and concept debuts is...

  • 2009 Honda FCX Clarity

    Hydrogen fuel cells for automotive use are one of those "great in theory, flawed in principal" ideas for the future of car propulsion. New technology using bacteria could eventually change that. Fuel cells have several advantages over pure battery-electric power, for example. Firstly, hydrogen has greater energy density than the average battery, so you can drive for longer on the electricity generated by the fuel cell. It's also much quicker to fill a tank of compressed hydrogen than it is to wait for a battery to charge. Emissions are low too - typically, only water drips out of the...

  • Ammonia could be used as fuel. Image: Wikipedia user Ben Mills
    Ammonia: The Latest "Fuel Technology Of The Future"?

    Ammonia: Useful in fertilizers, cleaning products and fairly unpleasant in direct human contact. Used as a fuel for vehicles? Certainly not impossible, according to an article in New Scientist. John Fleming and Tim Maxwell at Texas Tech University are developing a system to produce ammonia that can...

  • GreenGT LMPH2 hydrogen fuel cell race car
    GreenGT LMPH2 hydrogen racer to run 2012 Le Mans

    It turns out the Delta Wing concept won't be the only experimental car to run the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans. The hyrdrogen fuel cell electrc GreenGT LMPH2 prototype racer will also join the grid next year. So what is the LMPH2? As the name suggests, it's a hydrogen-powered Le Mans Prototype sports...

  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG
    2010 Los Angeles Auto Show: 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG

    Burbling turbo V-8 power, a sleek four-door coupe profile, and now, AMG badges. That's what's on deck this week for the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show in the form of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG, which is making its world debut. The 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 promises 518 horsepower and 516...

  • 2010 Paris Auto Show: Volvo C30 DRIVe Electric
    Volvo Starts Development Of Fuel Cell Range-Extended Electric Vehicles

    Volvo has some ambitious plans for the future. In addition to the market launch of a plug-in hybrid in 2012, work is currently under way on evaluating the viability of an entirely electric-powered car and now we can add hydrogen-powered fuel cells to that list--but with a twist. Volvo is...

  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz F800 Style
    Mercedes-Benz F800 Style Concept Previews Baby CLS

    Mercedes-Benz is in a process of reinventing its design language, going from the sharp edged and relatively boxy designs at present to a much more fluid form for its next-generation of cars. Last month Mercedes-Benz design chief Gordon Wagener revealed that the automaker was keen to raise the...

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