Fuel Cell

  • 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, 2016 Toyota Mirai at hydrogen fueling station, Fountain Valley, CA

    The biggest problem for hydrogen fuel-cell cars has been where to get a plentiful, affordable supply of hydrogen that doesn't contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Now scientists may have come up with what some have called the holy grail of clean transportation: a way to create hydrogen affordably from seawater. READ THIS: 2019 Hyundai Nexo hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle pricing: Puzzling economics The salt in seawater has been problematic for electrolyzers that separate hydrogen and oxygen atoms from water molecules, because it quickly corrodes the electrolyzer's anode. Desalinating seawater...

  • 2006 BMW Hydrogen 7
    Is hydrogen internal combustion a better idea than fuel cells?

    Although hydrogen—and hydrogen fuel cells—could still play an important role in future transportation, even many hydrogen advocates will admit that hydrogen internal combustion probably won't. It certainly wasn’t always this way. About 15 years ago there was great hope in the idea...

  • In-wheel motor teaser  -  from Nissan BladeGlider video
    Motor supplier sees mass-produced in-wheel motors around 2023

    In-wheel motors have been the future for electric cars—including fuel-cell cars and series hybrids—for decades. Their benefits include simpler packaging and more interior or cargo space for the vehicle. They could help make vehicles lighter, and lower the center of mass. There are also...

  • 2019 Nissan Leaf
    2019 Nissan Leaf Plus, 2020 Mini Cooper S E, more fuel-cell semis: Today's Car News

    Mini plans to revive its electric hatchback as a sporty electric model for the 60th anniversary of the original. New charging agreements aim to make charging easier and greener. And Toyota will build 10 more hydrogen fuel-cell powered semi-trucks for Los Angeles. All this and more on Green Car...

  • Kenworth T680 with Toyota hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain, at 2019 CES
    Toyota and Kenworth to build 10 fuel-cell semis for LA port duty

    The word "drayage" isn't commonly used, even among green-car fans, but it's used by the shipping and logistics industries to refer to the transport of goods over short distances. Drayage turns out to be the sweet spot for early efforts to put zero-emission heavy trucks on the road, including a...

  • Hyundai Nexo
    Hyundai sets lease terms for Nexo fuel-cell vehicle, makes first delivery

    Hyundai last week made the first U.S. delivery of its Nexo fuel-cell vehicle—to a customer in Southern California. Although the customer, Todd Hochrad, picked the Nexo up from a dealership in Van Nuys, he lives in Ventura, which could place him about equidistant from hydrogen fueling stations...

  • Hyundai Mobis fuel cell announcement

    Hyundai sees a lot of potential in hydrogen fuel-cell technology. And it may find success with it by looking well past cars and SUVs—to other uses that could, as the company puts it, “transcend the transportation sector.” With this week’s opening of a second plant making fuel-cell systems, in Chungju, South Korea, Hyundai's Mobis unit will increase its annual production of fuel-cell systems from its current 3,000 annual units to 40,000 units by 2022. DON’T MISS: 2019 Hyundai Nexo: first drive of 380-mile fuel-cell crossover utility The plan, called FCEV Vision...

  • Hyundai Nexo
    2019 Hyundai Nexo hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle pricing: Puzzling economics

    Pricing for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, like the upcoming 2019 Hyundai Nexo, hasn’t meant all that much up until now. That’s because both of the other fuel-cell vehicles currently offered—and most of them offered to date—emphasize highly subsidized lease programs. But...

  • Chevrolet Silverado ZH2 concept
    Chevrolet adds hydrogen-powered Silverado concept to the mix

    Hydrogen fuel cells may have a place on the battlefield. That's the conclusion that Chevrolet drew when it introduced the fuel-cell powered Colorado ZH2 for military use in 2016. We even had a chance to ride in it. Now the company is doubling down on the strategy with a full-size fuel-cell pickup...

  • Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
    Mercedes invests in pilot program to keep fuel cells alive

    Mercedes-Benz is launching a new trial for fuel-cell cars in Germany, with aims to study real-world use patterns. Mercedes will begin leasing its GLC F-Cell fuel-cell SUVs to fleet customers in Germany for $917 a month, according to a report in Automotive News Europe (Subscription required.) No...

  • 2019 Hyundai Nexo, Topanga Canyon, CA, Oct 2018
    2019 Hyundai Nexo: first drive of 380-mile fuel-cell crossover utility

    Pretty much any story on a new vehicle these days notes that new-car buyers are snapping up utility vehicles, while traditional sedans languish on sales lots. That puts Hyundai right on trend with its latest hydrogen-powered entry, the Nexo, which it dubs a crossover utility vehicle. It succeeds...

  • Plug Power fuel cell
    Plug Power develops new hydrogen filling robot

    Filling up with hydrogen is not as easy as filling up with gas or plugging in an electric car—at least it's not yet. To make it easier—and importantly, cheaper for businesses—Plug Power, a New York fuel-cell company, has developed a new robotic hydrogen filling station. The system...

  • Toyota Project Portal 2.0 fuel cell-powered semi-trailer truck

    Toyota is going big on fuel cells. Its latest effort expands on the Mirai sedan by converting semitrucks to hydrogen fuel-cell power. The company has been testing a fuel-cell powered semi for more than a year at the Port of Long Beach, California, ferrying goods from the Toyota Logistics facility to distribution points headed for factories and other facilities throughout the U.S. READ THIS: Toyota 'Project Portal' hydrogen fuel-cell heavy-duty semi tractor as proof of concept The first truck covered 10,000 miles of zero-emissions driving throughout L.A. in a proof-of-concept operation in...

  • 2018 Toyota Mirai
    Hydrogen supply shortage leaves fuel cell cars gasping in California (Updated)

    The biggest challenge to driving a fuel-cell car is finding fuel. Automakers who sell fuel-cell models—Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai for now—have made progress in getting 33 hydrogen fueling stations built around Los Angeles and San Francisco. It's not helping drivers this week though...

  • Hyundai Nexo
    Audi teams up with Hyundai to build fuel-cell vehicles

    Automakers are teaming up all over the world to prepare for the next big game in clean transportation, fuel cells. The latest partnership is between Audi and Hyundai, which announced yesterday that they will share resources to develop fuel-cell vehicles. The two said that the first fruit of this...

  • Anheuser-Busch Nikola Two fuel cell semi
    Budweiser-maker taps Nikola for up to 800 hydrogen-powered semi trucks

    Anheuser-Busch bet big on hydrogen fuel for its semitrailer trucks Thursday. The Budweiser beermaker announced it would buy up to 800 big rigs from Nikola Motor Company by 2025 and nearly replace its entire dedicated corporate fleet with trucks powered by renewable energy. The agreement is largely...

  • Honda Clarity Fuel Cell at Honda R&D Center, Tochigi, Japan, June 2017
    Earth Day: 10 Questions On Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Cars To Ask Toyota, Honda & Hyundai

    Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles are rolling out to California buyers in small numbers with two models on the market, and hydrogen stations slowly expanding outside a narrow slice of Los Angeles. The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle first went on sale in California at the end of 2016, and 2018 models...

  • 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid drive, Napa Valley, Caifornia, Dec 2017
    Which Honda Clarity would you buy: electric, plug-in hybrid, or fuel cell? Take our Twitter poll

    Honda has adopted an unusual strategy with its Clarity, creating a whole new model for its green car, separate from its mainstream midsized sedan, the Accord. While the Accord is available as a conventional hybrid, the Clarity sedan will encompass three models: a battery electric with 89-mile...

  • Nikola One

    Nikola Motor Company, which is working to produce two Class 8 semi trucks to compete with Tesla's upcoming electric Semi, is showing some signs of success—and apparently rubbing Tesla's nose in it. The Salt Lake City-based company announced last week that it would refund all deposits it has taken on its battery-electric and hydrogen semi trucks, the Nikola One and Nikola Two. In a tweet announcing the refunds, the company said, "We want everyone to know we have never used a dollar of deposit money to operate the company on like other companies do." Great news! All reservations will be...

  • True Zero hydrogen fueling pump, run by First Element Fuels, opened in Thousand Oaks, CA, Mar 2018
    California now has 33 hydrogen fueling stations for 4,200 fuel-cell cars so far

    Hydrogen fuel first went on sale in California in January 2015, more than three years ago, though it had been dispensed free at a dozen or so prototype locations before that. Five years ago, the state set a goal of 100 hydrogen fueling stations throughout the state by 2020, a deadline that now...

  • Hyundai Nexo
    Hyundai Nexo fuel-cell SUV verdicts: classy, zippier, still a "niche vehicle"

    The Hyundai Nexo hydrogen fuel-cell SUV that debuted last month at the Consumer Electronics Show won't be seen on California roads for many months yet. It is expected to go on sale in the U.S. in the fourth quarter of this year, but now we have a few reports from outlets that have driven the one...

  • Hydrogen station in Nerima Ward, Japan
    Germany's hydrogen stations exceed US; California beats Japan on density

    As of today, there are 39 hydrogen fueling stations in the U.S., all but four of them in the state of California. They serve roughly 39 million Californians, whereas 284 million Americans outside the state have no access to hydrogen fuel-cell cars nor stations at which to refill them. Germany, on...

  • 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell at hydrogen fueling station, Fountain Valley, CA
    This one 11-year-old chart explains the problem with hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles

    Today, there are roughly 750,000 plug-in electric vehicles on U.S. roads and about 3,800 powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Proponents of each type of vehicle argue strenuously that their powertrain is a better way to produce vehicles with zero emissions from the tailpipe. Electric cars can be charged...

  • 2015 Nissan Leaf charging back at home after 1,000-mile road trip   [photo John Briggs]
    Budget deal restores tax credits for EV charging stations, electric motorcycles, fuel-cell cars

    Fears that Congress would kill the federal tax credit for purchase of a plug-in electric car were laid to rest in December when that incentive survived the $1.5 trillion tax-cut bill. Now Congress has added back a handful of other tax credits related to electric cars and greener transportation in...