Fuel Cell

Toyota claims top range for hydrogen-powered Mirai

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp. said last week that its hydrogen-powered Mirai has a range of 312 miles between fueling stops, the most of any emissions-free car on the market, though finding a location for a fueling stop will be a challenge....
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BMW begins tests of fuel-cell car developed with Toyota

6:45 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

BMW will test a vehicle powered by hydrogen fuel cells -- developed with Toyota -- for the first time on public roads this month as the German automaker looks to expand clean-car offerings after rolling out the battery-powered i3 in 2013....
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Japanese automakers to subsidize hydrogen station operating costs

6:25 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

Toyota, Nissan and Honda plan to help cover the cost of operating hydrogen stations in the country to popularize cars powered by fuel cells....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The (technology) pluses and minuses of a GM-FCA deal

11:15 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

GM and FCA could benefit from each other's technology. Instead of a full-blown merger, maybe some small side-deals is all Sergio needs....
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VW, SAIC sign deal to build EVs, plug-in hybrids in China

June 4, 2015 12:02 CET

Volkswagen Group says it has signed a cooperation agreement with partner SAIC Motor Corp. to ensure the production and research and development of electric and plug-in hybrid cars in China. VW said over the next four years it plans to localize more than 15 different green models in China, that will include plug-ins and EVs....
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Toyota plans $4.2B share sale to fund fuel cell r&d

6:55 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2015

Toyota plans to replace as much as 500 billion yen ($4.2 billion) of common equity with unlisted shares that have transfer restrictions, locking in longer-term funding as the carmaker develops new technology....
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Daimler will upgrade key German plant for fuel-efficient engines, fuel cells

March 18, 2015 22:23 CET

Daimler will invest billions of euros to modernize its powertrain factory in Untertuerkheim, near Stuttgart. The plant will become a center of competence for fuel-efficient engines, hybrid drivertrains and the production of fuel cell systems....
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HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Could Toyota Mirai's hot demand and 2-year backlog undermine its success?

6:57 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Would you buy a car if you had to wait two years for delivery? That's what Toyota is asking its customers to do with its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle....
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HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Toyota, Mazda bet against each other in quest for 94 mpg

4:54 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015

Japan’s largest auto manufacturer and one of its smallest are betting against each other on divergent paths to the same goal -- an incredible fuel economy rate pushing 94 mpg....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Have no fear, Hyundai cracks the fuel-cell code

11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015

The hydrogen fuel cell debate is no longer a chicken-and-egg conundrum. The fuel cell vehicle has arrived first. It works....
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Audi buys Ballard fuel-cell tech to boost clean-car push

Feb. 11, 2015 16:27 CET

VW Group's Audi unit bought fuel-cell technology from Ballard Power Systems in a deal worth as much as $112 million to advance development of clean-running vehicles at the automaker. Audi bought about 700 patents from Ballard....
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Toyota, Honda in talks to put 6,000 fuel cell cars on road in Tokyo by 2020 Olympics

6:19 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015

Japan's capital will build 35 stations to fuel hydrogen-based fuel cell vehicles and is in negotiations with Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. to put 6,000 hydrogen cars on its roads by 2020....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

BMW quickly moves top 'i' tech to mainstream models

Jan. 6, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW's mainstream models could soon benefit from technology offered in the i3 and i8, such as carbon fiber construction and high-performance low-CO2 powertrains, BMW brand sales boss Ian Robertson told Automotive News Europe....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Ghosn expects Europe sales to rise in 2015

Dec. 4, 2014 06:15 CET

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn expects growth in Europe, China and the U.S. next year and is bullish about plans to diversify beyond electric cars into plug-in hybrids and fuel cell vehicles....
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Craft workshop's new mission: Build Mirai

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014

Toyota's secretive workshop in Japan that built the last $375,000 Lexus LFA in December 2012 has a new assignment: Hand build the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedan....
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LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Why Audi over-engineered its fuel cell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2014

Audi r&d boss Ulrich Hackenberg provided a concise answer when asked why the carmaker's fuel cell also needs plug-in hybrid technology....
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Fuel cell cars steal spotlight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

Automakers are beginning to nudge the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle out of the illusion factory that is Southern California and into the broader conversation about the future of clean transportation....
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Toyota's fuel cell goal: Big cost cutting

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

Toyota Motor Corp.'s top fuel cell engineer predicts the automaker will slash the cost of the next hydrogen-fueled powertrain to between one-third and one-fourth the cost of the current system....
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Toyota: Fuel cell water safe to drink ... but don't try it

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

Toyota pitches its new Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car as a godsend for the planet. Heat and water are its only byproducts, not climate-altering carbon dioxide. But just how clean is that exhaust water vapor? Turns out, the Mirai's exhaust water is safer than milk, Toyota says. Still, no one at Toyota has tried it....
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VW embraces hydrogen with Golf SportWagen HyMotion

5:23 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014

Volkswagen is next in line to join the hydrogen party at the Los Angeles Auto Show with a concept version of its new Golf SportWagen compact powered by a fuel cell electric drivetrain....
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THE FUTURE OF HYDROGEN CARS

Ewanick's next bold bet: Hydrogen stations

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

If Honda, Hyundai and Toyota are the companies defining what fuel cell vehicles are, it's FirstElement and former GM executive Joel Ewanick that largely will define how and where they will be refueled....
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Toyota sees fuel cell car, priced at $57,500, gaining traction in small steps

8:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

Toyota said it plans to sell close to 200 of its Mirai -- it means “future” in Japanese -- fuel-cell sedans when it goes on sale in California in late 2015, and 3,000 units by the end of 2017 as it expands marketing to cover the Northeast U.S....
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FUEL ME ONCE ...

Hydrogen cars are here. Is the world ready for them?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

Auto companies have looked to hydrogen fuel cells as a groundbreaking technology: a nonpolluting power source that isn't constrained by battery capacity and doesn't require long stretches of downtime for charging. But one key breakthrough -- making a hydrogen-fueled vehicle as easy to drive and refuel as a gasoline-powered one -- remains elusive....
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Fuel cell cars will be commercially viable by 2025, Bosch exec says

Nov. 17, 2014 11:36 CET

Falling costs will make fuel cell technology commercially viable for mass car production by 2025, Wolf-Henning Scheider, Bosch's automotive chief, said. Toyota and Honda plan to launch fuel cell vehicles in 2015....
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Honda shows new fuel cell concept, delays launch

11:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2014

Honda unveiled a sleek new concept of its upcoming hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle but promptly delayed its launch as part of a global quality review in the wake of a series of embarrassing product problems....
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