Hyundai fuel cell ix35 – on the farm
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Hyundai fuel cell ix35 – on the farm


Hyundai are one of a number of manufacturers who have chosen to favour the fuel cell route to low emissions motoring, and their Hydrogen powered ix35 is being trialled in Europe by the EU Commission backed ‘Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking’ group, who use the vehicle to demonstrate the benefits of hydrogen fuel cell technology to EU policy makers, by driving them around Brussels.

Hyundai claim that the ix35 is “the world’s first production model Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle”, Honda’s FCX-Clarity was actually there first, but none the less; the ix35 is an impressive vehicle and like Toyota and Mercedes, they plan to launch a full scale production model in 2015.

Leading up to that launch Hyundai are busily promoting the benefits of Hydrogen to consumers as well as the Policy makers of Brussels – with battery EVs already available to the public, charge networks growing, and the fact that Hydrogen Vehicles will only be useful if drivers can buy Hydrogen: there is a great deal of work to be done to lobby and encourage the infrastructure investment to happen for fuel cell vehciles as well as Battery EVs: the role out of hydrogen filling stations is now (more…)

Lexus Hybrid becomes Toyota Hydrogen Prototype – available to buy in 2015
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Lexus Hybrid becomes Toyota Hydrogen Prototype – available to buy in 2015


As widely reported in the automotive press this week; Toyota have unveiled their latest working prototype hydrogen car to journalists in Japan. Apparently based on the discontinued Lexus HS 250h, the car has received positive feedback on ride and performance, and Toyota say a production version will be available to buy in 2015.

A similar concept vehicle that will give a better clue as to what the production car might look like, is expected to be unveiled at the upcoming Tokyo Motor show (22 Nov – 1 Dec). Toyota don’t say how much it will cost, but the unveiling of this working prototype comes shortly after Toyota announced they would knock $1m USD from the price of their hydrogen vehicles.

Somewhere between £50,000 and $75,000 USD seems to be the ball-park figure, which if true would be a massive step for fuel cell vehicles: it has been estimated that Honda’s FCX-Clarity (the only current series production fuel cell car) costs more than $120,000 per car just to build.

Much of 2013 has been dominated by EV news and launches, and now it seems the headlines are owned by hydrogen vehicles: the major manufacturers are developing power-trains, often in (more…)

Toyota knock $1m USD from the price of their Hydrogen vehicles
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Toyota knock $1m USD from the price of their Hydrogen vehicles

(Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp said it has slashed the cost of the fuel cell system in its next hydrogen-powered car by almost $1 million, putting it on course to launch a mid-sized sedan in 2015 with a price ticket below $100,000.

The world’s best-selling auto manufacturer and maker of the Prius gas-electric hybrid car says the fuel cell system will cost about 5 million yen ($51,000) compared with prototype costs of over $1 million.

The company is betting on fuel cell electric cars ahead of battery EVs, with Hybrids bridging the gap as fuel cell vehicle costs come down and the hydrogen fuelling infrastructure is rolled out.

“We aim to sell tens of thousands of fuel cell vehicles a year by sometime in the 2020s,” Managing Officer Satoshi Ogiso told reporters earlier this week in Tokyo where Toyota showed off its advanced technologies.

Toyota engineer Hitoshi Nomasa said the company had cut its use of platinum, which sells on world markets around $1,380 an ounce (28 grams), from around 100 grams in the fuel cell of its current hydrogen-powered SUV model to around 30 grams.

The figure would come down more with improvements in platinum coating technology, Nomasa told Reuters.

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Car giant GM and the Big Green Machine partner on fuel cell research
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Car giant GM and the Big Green Machine partner on fuel cell research


Greening the Big Green Machine and getting more value from US tax dollars at the same time – one of the world’s largest car manufacturers by volume, partners with the world’s largest military force: only good can come of this…

General Motors and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center are expanding their collaboration in the development of hydrogen fuel cell technology.

Through a new Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, GM and TARDEC will jointly test new hydrogen fuel cell-related materials and designs to evaluate their performance and durability before assembling them into full-scale fuel cell propulsion systems.

This collaborative effort will enable GM and TARDEC to jointly develop technology that meets both of their requirements, accomplishing more tangible results than either entity could achieve on its own. The project is expected to continue for up to five years.

“GM welcomes the opportunity to further expand our work with TARDEC developing fuel cell technology,” said Charlie Freese, executive director of GM’s global fuel cell engineering activities. “We believe hydrogen fuel cell technology holds tremendous potential to one day help reduce our dependence on petroleum and we are committed to building on our leadership through the continued development.”

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Ballard Power Systems signs agreement to develop fuel cell buses in China

Canada’s Ballard Power Systems extended an agreement with Azure Hydrogen Corporation of Beijing to include fuel cell buses in order to help address the air quality issue in China

Azure plans to develop fuel cell bus capabilities in China with Ballard’s technical support and funding from Chinese sources, including both private investors and various levels of Government. Ballard fuel cell power modules are currently powering zero emission fuel cell buses in public transit service across a number of sites in North America and Europe.

China’s rapid economic expansion over the past decade has resulted in a public concern regarding deteriorating levels of air quality.

VANCOUVER, CANADA – China’s rapid economic expansion over the past decade has resulted in a public concern regarding deteriorating levels of air quality. The China State Council is investing 1.8T Yuan (US$288 billion) in the renewable energy industry over the period 2010-15, along with 2.3T Yuan (US$368 billion) on actions designed to save energy and reduce emissions.

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Given the size and rapid growth of China’s economy, the country has considerably larger carbon dioxide emissions than other nations, including the U.S. For example, China’s carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels accounted for 28% of the global total in (more…)

A hydrogen fuel cell car with hydrogen refueling Station included

RC_hydrogen_carKey facts:

  • Runs on hydrogen obtained from user-supplied water
  • Can be controlled using a free smartphone app
  • Comes with a Refueling Station – electrolyze your own hydrogen
  • A solar panel is also included, to provide power to the Refueling Station’s battery
  • Can also be charged from a computer via an included USB cable
  • Costs $180 USD

OK, it is a bit small and the range is limited…

Review: i-H2GO hydrogen-powered remote-control car (more…)