Fuel Cell

  • 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...

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    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...

  • First Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle delivery, Newport Beach, Dec 2010
    Mercedes-Benz Bringing Mass-Produced Fuel Cell Cars To Market By 2014

    While the interest in hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicles has waned lately, due mostly to media’s attention centering on the latest generation of battery powered electric cars and plug-in hybrids, several automakers including industry giant Daimler are still backing their cause. Just a few...

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    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...

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    Hyundai Blue2 Concept: 2011 Seoul Motor Show

    Hyundai’s ongoing commitment to a hydrogen-fueled future shows no sign of slowing following the unveiling today of the new Blue2 concept car at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show. The latest concept previews the design of the South Korean automaker’s next-generation sedan models and also picks...

  • First Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle delivery, Newport Beach, Dec 2010
    Mercedes-Benz Delivers First Customer F-CELL Hydrogen EV

    Earlier this week, Nissan delivered the first retail customer's LEAF EV, and today Mercedes-Benz has delivered its first customer-leased B-Class F-CELL hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle to another California resident. Unlike the LEAF, the F-CELL isn't quite ready for mass sale, but the test lease program...

  • Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL

    So you want to be a trendsetter in green luxury, but don't want to ditch the Mercedes star for a Tesla or a half-hearted Lexus hybrid? Mercedes-Benz has your answer, provided you've got $850 a month to spend and you're one of the lucky 70 chosen to lease the new 2011 B-Class F-Cell. That's right, only 70 of the cars will be available for a 36-month lease to drivers in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas, making this one of the most exclusive Mercedes-Benzes you can buy as well. Good luck beating the Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, out of one, as he's already expressed his desire to...

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    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...

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    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...

  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
    Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, ML450 Hybrid And F-Cell Coming To L.A. Auto Show

    Mercedes-Benz will debut its SLS AMG supercar, E350 BlueTec clean-diesel, B-Class F-Cell and ML450 Hybrid at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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    Ian Ziering Takes A Spin In A Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell EV

    We don't quite know what to do with Ian Ziering. On the one hand, he's a car enthusiast, and he's got a touch of Softcore Green Tech Nerd about him -- both laudable traits in our book. Also, he's kept his shiznit together since the original 90120 was canned in 2000; he hasn't gone crazy, or gotten...

  • Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL

    Mercedes-Benz will build 200 fuel-cell vehicles, each based on the current B-Class compact.

  • Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL
    Mercedes-Benz unveils hydrogen-powered B-Class F-Cell

    Many think the infrastructure for a hydrogen-powered car just isn’t there, and they’re mostly right. There have been a few advances in hydrogen production recently, but the distribution system is the weak point. Honda hasn’t let that deter the production of a hydrogen fueled car...

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    Toyota could have hydrogen fuel-cell car on the road by 2014

    Honda's FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle has grabbed lots of headlines, as has BMW's combustion-powered Hydrogen7 and Mazda's rotary RE line of vehicles, including the RX-8. But Toyota is working on a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle too, and it could be on the streets by 2014. Well, the streets of...

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    Mercedes Benz design students pen F-CELL Roadster design study

    With its skinny, spoked open wheels and an open-air cabin, the Mercedes Benz F-CELL Roadster looks more like the cars of the turn of the 20th century than those of the 21st, but design students blended the two to illustrate a point. The combination of old and new symbolizes a rebirth of thinking...

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    Mercedes Benz provides full details for BlueZERO concept family

    Though most of the world associates green with environmentally-friendly technologies, Mercedes Benz and a few others use the color blue to denote their ecologically advanced vehicles and drivetrains. The latest development in the blue-themed line of Mercedes offerings is a trio of BlueZERO electric...

  • Mercedes Benz S400 BlueHybrid
    Daimler teams with Evonik for lithium-ion batteries

    Three electric concepts headed to the 2009 Detroit Auto Show have captured much of Daimler subsidiary Mercedes' press of late, and the timing of the new Daimler-Evonik hints that the technology that underpins the cars could be headed for more than just the show floor. Mercedes' S400 BlueHybrid is...

  • Fuel Cell Equinox

    With all that's going on in Washington lately, the slow economy and a general apathy or even hostility toward the automotive industry, it's nice to see a technological bright spot on the horizon. While it's not a ground-breaking or earth-shattering development, General Motors' fuel cell test fleet breaking the 500,000mi (800,000km) mark demonstrates a certain maturity of the technology that reminds us that slow and steady progress can win the day. Hydrogen fuel cells are not the widely-regarded front runners for the next generation of vehicular power sources. There are any number of reasons...

  • Shangai-Volkswagen Passat Lingyu
    Shanghai-Volkswagen to showcase hydrogen fuel-cell Passat Lingyu at L.A. Auto Show

    Volkswagen’s partnership with Shangai Auto to build cars and develop new technology together will be showing off the fruits of its labor at this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show, with the unveiling of a hydrogen fuel cell powered Passat Lingyu sedan. The Passat Lingyu has been built by the...

  • Kia Borrego FCEV
    Kia to present Borrego FCEV in L.A.

    Kia will use next week’s Los Angeles Auto Show to debut a concept version of its Borrego SUV powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Called the Borrego Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV), the concept represents an important milestone for the South Korean manufacturer and is a sign that Kia is one of...

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    Honda FCX Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle Enters (Limited) Production

    Honda’s new FCX Clarity fuel-cell vehicle has finally entered production after the car was first previewed as a concept as far back as 1999 when the FCX-V1 prototype was revealed in Tokyo. Honda’s fuel-cell technology has in fact been in development for more than 19 years and the first...

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    Honda FCX Clarity Production Fuel Cell Car Announced

    Many think the infrastructure for a hydrogen-powered car just isn’t there, and they’re mostly right. There have been a few advances in hydrogen production recently, but the distribution system is the weak point. Honda won’t let that deter the production of a hydrogen fueled car...

  • Ford going for fuel-cell speed record with 770HP Fusion
    Ford going for fuel cell speed record with 770-hp Fusion

    Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] will be attempting to make a new world record for the fastest hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle when it takes its Fusion Hydrogen 999 fuel cell car to the Bonneville Salt Flats next month. The car – a collaboratively engineered racer with Ballard, Roush and Ohio State...

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