Alternative fuels

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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Toyota launches Mirai fuel cell vehicle, plans hydrogen stations in Northeast

10:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2014

Toyota offered more details about its long-awaited Mirai fuel cell vehicle and said it plans to build a dozen hydrogen refueling stations in the Northeast United States....
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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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Toyota aims to replicate Prius success with fuel cell Mirai

Nov. 17, 2014 04:12 CET

Toyota will introduce its first mass-market fuel cell car next month, hoping to replicate the success of its Prius hybrid with a vehicle that runs on hydrogen instead of gasoline....
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Hyundai, Kia aim to raise fuel economy by 25% by 2020

7:08 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014

Hyundai and its affiliate Kia said today they aim to raise the average fuel economy of their vehicles by 25 percent by 2020 to meet emissions regulations in South Korea, the United States and Europe....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Lower gas prices, longer alt-power payback

3:32 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014

I've enjoyed seeing my gas tank fill-ups cost $10 to $15 less than usual. I'm sure that people selling bigger vehicles do, too. But one group probably isn't cheering: Anyone marketing alternative powertrain vehicles....
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Toyota's mean, green fuel-cell car dons racing stripes

8:52 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2014

Toyota's new hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle broke cover at a Japan rally race with speed demon Akio Toyoda behind the wheel to prove that the green car is also a mean one....
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Pulling the plug: EV battery module exchange put to test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, plans to make a cross-country trip in an electric vehicle -- without plugging the car in once. Instead of going by the traditional plug-and-wait protocol for EVs, the engineers will swap out rechargeable, briefcase-size battery modules on the fly as they travel from San Diego to the coast of South Carolina in less than 60 hours....
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WHO WANTS HYBRIDS?

Falling gasoline prices make alternative-fuel vehicles a tougher sell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

For a sign of the challenges in selling fuel efficiency as a virtue, Tanner Hulette need only look at the signs near his dealership advertising gasoline for $2.70 a gallon. Hulette, general manager of Mechanicsville Toyota near Richmond, Va., said he's seeing higher demand for pickups and SUVs, and less interest in the Prius hybrid....
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Fracking spurs debate, energy boom

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014

Hydraulic fracturing is not new. Drilling companies have fractured shale for decades to release and extract trapped hydrocarbons nearby. What has changed, however, is the scale of the energy available due to advances in horizontal drilling....
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Daimler, Linde to build new hydrogen fuel stations in Germany

Oct. 8, 2014 14:01 CET

Daimler and industrial gases maker Linde will build 20 hydrogen fuel stations in Germany over the next few years to boost support networks for fuel cell cars. Daimler aims to bring competitively priced fuel cell vehicles to market by 2017....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Toyota hoping for Prius-like success with European launch of fuel cell car

Oct. 3, 2014 15:11 CET

Toyota plans a controlled rollout of its fuel cell car in Europe next summer as the automaker aims to replicate the first-mover success of its Prius hybrid and stir interest in the new technology....
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GM recalling natural gas-powered vans due to possible leak

10:40 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014

General Motors will recall about 3,200 vans powered by natural gas because of the possibility of a gas leak that increases the risk of a fire, the automaker said today....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Scrap Nissan's Leaf battery plant? Hardly

3:23 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014

News broke this week that Nissan and Renault are debating the future of their electric-vehicle battery technology sourcing. Frankly, it would be bigger news if the two automaker partners weren't debating it....
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Tesla's $1.3 billion incentive deal with Nevada includes direct sales

6:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed tax breaks worth as much as $1.3 billion and a measure allowing Tesla Motors to sell directly to state residents, the final steps to bring the world's largest lithium-ion battery factory to Reno....
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California generates 40% of U.S. plug-in car sales, report says

10:55 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014

California drivers are fueling the sale of rechargeable cars in the United States with more than 100,000 sold in the state in the last four years, representing about 40 percent of the domestic plug-in market....
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VW says fuel cell cars will struggle beyond Japan

Sept. 8, 2014 10:52 CET

Volkswagen says fuel cell cars will probably struggle to catch on outside Japan where the government has invested in measures including a fuel-station network and generous subsidies that are too high for other countries to match....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Gigafactory: Tesla's key to meeting cost, range targets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014

The ceremony last week announcing Tesla's decision to build its lithium ion battery "gigafactory" in Nevada was filled with phrases such as "as many as" and "as much as."...
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California lawmakers adjourn without passing Tesla aid

6:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2014

California lawmakers adjourned for the year without coming up with incentives to entice Tesla Motors to build a $5 billion battery plant in the state....
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A123 hires former JCI executive as chief technology officer

7:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014

A123 Systems hired former Johnson Controls executive Patrick Hurley as its new chief technology officer....
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POWER PLAYERS

Carmakers, utilities team up so EV batteries can supply electric grid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

As electric vehicles have gained popularity in some circles, so has the idea of using their batteries to stabilize the electric grid -- and paying the cars' owners for the help....
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Ford to install major solar array, EV chargers at headquarters

10:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014

Ford is tapping DTE Energy to build a solar array at the automaker's world headquarters near Detroit. The solar array will also serve as a parking cover to 360 spaces, equipped with 30 charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

California prepares for hydrogen fuel stations

3:44 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014

Now that Toyota and other automakers are preparing to introduce fuel-cell vehicles in California, entrepreneurs are starting to build a network of hydrogen fuel stations....
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HANS GREIMEL

Are fuel cell cars worth 40%-plus subsidies?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aims to make his country's auto industry the global leader in hydrogen fuel. The effort hinges mainly on incentives and plans to extend the infrastructure. But, surprisingly, some voices in Japan say even massive incentives lack oomph....
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Tesla digs, but isn't sold on Reno

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2014

Tesla Motors hasn't decided on a site for its so-called gigafactory, but it's moving forward as though it has....
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