Fuel Cell

2009's Best Green Posts: Urine! Muslims & Ethanol! Prius Perks!
2009's Best Green Posts: Urine! Muslims & Ethanol! Prius Perks!

G'wan, admit it. We say, "green car". You think, "Ugh, Toyota Prius," and look away. Oh, but there's so much more! And so much of it is just so darn ... weird. Consider, for example, the 10 most popular posts last year on our sister site GreenCarReports.com. The list includes a piece entitled...Read More»

The Great Wall of China
China To Subsidize Green Rides For Consumers, Public Transit

China is in a curious position. Its auto market is very big, and it's positioned to get much, much bigger, but the Chinese government doesn't want the country's automakers to move down the traditional path of combustion-engine vehicles. Rather, it wants to grow an indigenous green vehicle industry...Read More»

2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
Mercedes-Benz Planning Four Debuts For L.A. Auto Show

The 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show is just a couple of weeks away and in its lead up we have new details about what Mercedes-Benz is planning for the event. The luxury automaker will have no less than four debuts, including the all-new SLS AMG. The 563 horsepower supercar is just about to go on sale in...Read More»

The hydrogen fuel-cell Tyrano big rig from Vision Industries
Schwarzenegger Helps Launch Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Big Rig

Arnold Schwarzenegger has led a charmed life: he's been a world-class bodybuilder, a Hollywood star, and apparently, an amateur cryptologist. He's also an auto enthusiast, so it's only natural that he's given a big thumbs-up to Vision Industries' new hydrogen fuel-cell big rig called the Tyrano...Read More»

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Honda Officially Considering Battery Electric Vehicle

Back in August, Viknesh Vijayenthiran reported on rumors that Honda would launch a zero-emission battery electric vehicle in the US by 2015. The vehicle in question was described as a lithium-ion battery-powered minicar, and there was some speculation that Honda would unveil a prototype at the...Read More»

Ohio State University shows off the 300.992mph average of its Buckeye Bullet 2 fuel cell vehicle
Ohio State Students Hit 304mph In A Fuel Cell Vehicle

Some gearheads of our acquaintance are wary of EVs and fuel cells, worried that they'll provide the service of driving without any of the fun. But late last week, a team of engineering students from Ohio State University took their hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to the Bonneville Salt Flats and...Read More»

Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid
Driven: Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid

Mazda hasn’t ignored the possibility of a hydrogen economy, but it’s taken a quite different path than other automakers with its hydrogen test vehicles, like the Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid. Instead of using costly fuel cells, it’s focused its hydrogen efforts around a rotary internal...Read More»

Larry Burns
Parting Shots From Larry Burns, GM's Head Of R&D

Larry Burns, General Motors' vice president of research and development, is a very big thinker. Sometimes he's been taken to task for his outside-the-box ideas, including his laser-like focus on hydrogen fuel-cell technology, his work on the Segway-ish P.U.M.A., and his talk about interconnected...Read More»

Jamie Lee Curtis is one of a select few chosen to lease a Honda FCX Clarity.
Honda Still Hopes To Meet FCX Clarity Goals

Since the Honda FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell vehicle launched over a year ago, it's gotten a good bit of coverage here at TCC, even though there are only about 10 models on the highways of America and Japan. That's a long way from Honda's goal of leasing 200 units in the Clarity's first three...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell
Mercedes-Benz Introduces First Series Fuel Cell Vehicle

Mercedes-Benz is joining the fuel cell crowd: the company has announced plans for its first series-produced fuel cell vehicle, called the B-Class F-CELL. (MB alluded to the vehicle back in January at the Detroit Auto Show, but this makes it official.) The F-CELL will be available in the U.S. and...Read More»

Hydrogen compression tank
DOE Launches 'H-Prize' For Hydrogen Fuel Cell Developers

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded $2.4 billion in grants to automakers, start-ups, universities, and other outfits to facilitate the production of battery-powered electric vehicles. (That came on top of $10 billion worth of low-interest loans doled out to Ford, Nissan, and...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Toyota Losing Ground In The EV Race?

An interesting article in the New York Times suggests that Toyota -- the same Toyota that's often considered to be at the forefront of the green car movement, thanks to its popular Prius hybrid and all those eye-popping, folksy TV ads you've been seeing -- is slipping in the race to bring fully...Read More»

2010 Suzuki Kizashi
Rumor: Suzuki To Sell Hybrid Kizashi Sedan In U.S. By 2011

It seems like Suzuki took the wraps off its new Kizashi sedan just last week (in fact, it was last month), but already rumors have begun circulating that the Kizashi is going hybrid. And soon. According to reports in Japan's Nikkei newspaper, Suzuki plans to launch a hybrid variant of the Kizashi...Read More»

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As Others Focus On EVs, Honda Sticks With Hydrogen

Earlier this year we got the chance to drive the production 2009 Honda FCX Clarity, which is the first publicly available hydrogen sedan. The FCX can't yet be considered a mass-produced vehicle. Looking at our test vehicle and its rough edges underneath, it was clear that the FCX is hand-fettled...Read More»

Jesse James with hydrogen land-speed record contender, by Spencer Weiner - Los Angeles Times
B-List Star-Mechanic Mouths Off: Jesse James On Green-Car Tech

We always liked watching Jesse James on "Monster Garage." He was quiet, and usually brought a needed touch of reality to the hype, jumpy editing, and quick-and-dirty projects his shop cranked out for Discovery Channel's cameras. Which is why we're disappointed that the mechanic /...Read More»

Dr. Steven Chu
Hydrogen Fuel News: Science vs. Politics (Guess Who Wins)

Former president Bush devoted chunks of money to hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, launching research projects across the country. Unfortunately, the Obama administration (specifically Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu) would rather focus on electric vehicles, since EV technology is literally ready to...Read More»

2008 Prius Plug-in Hybrid prototype
Toyota Hit Hardest By New California Emissions Standards

Yesterday, Toyota announced that it will launch a fleet of plug-in hybrids later in 2009. The company's timing couldn't have been better. California's new emissions legislation set to take effect in 2012 has a special requirement for automakers that sell over 60,000 vehicles per year in the state...Read More»

Honda FCX Clarity
Driven: 2009 Honda FCX Clarity

Early on an unseasonably warm morning this past weekend I was already getting some good seat time behind the wheel of a hydrogen-fueled 2009 Honda FCX Clarity. By the way, just remembering that there are only three of these fuel-cell sedans in existence, other than the seven that have already been...Read More»

Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell with mobile refueler
Pay-At-The-Pump Hydrogen Almost A Reality

Just as hopes for a national hydrogen infrastructure seem to be fading, it seems that a small infrastructure is finally within reach—at least in California—and that several smaller hurdles, at least on the refueling side, are on the verge of being solved. One of those issues is that drivers...Read More»

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