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  • 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...

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    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...

  • 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 plans to take hydrogen fuel-cell systems beyond vehicles

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

    After showing its second-generation fuel-cell semi-truck at the Port of Los Angeles in July, Toyota announced last week it will build 10 more fuel-cell trucks for the project. In addition to the trucks, the project will add two new heavy-duty hydrogen filling stations, two new hydrogen forklifts at Toyota's warehouse at the next-door Port of Long Beach, and two new zero-emissions yard tractors at the nearby Port of Hueneme. The California Air Resources Board will provided $41 million of funding for the project. Toyota, Shell, and Kenworth, which builds the trucks, will provide the balance of...

  • 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 self-driving prototype
    South Korean government trims orders for Hyundai Nexo hydrogen-fuel cars

    Nine months after announcing its intention to buy 10,000 Hyundai Nexo hydrogen-fueled cars, the South Korean government has halved its order. That's according to Business Korea, which said Tuesday that a report published by the government earlier this month indicated that the government plans to...

  • 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...

  • Nikola One
    Nikola suggests it's no Tesla, refunds deposits on fuel-cell, electric semi trucks

    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...

  • 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

    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 SUV whose only tailpipe emission is water. The general consensus is that the Nexo is a more integrated, more refined, and likely far more practical vehicle in daily use than was its predecessor. DON'T MISS: Production Hyundai Nexo hydrogen fuel-cell SUV appears at CES That would be the Hyundai Tucson...

  • 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...

  • 2018 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell at hydrogen fueling station  [photo: Chris Baccus]
    Why a Fiat 500e driver got a Honda Clarity Fuel Cell as his next green car: low cost

    When marketing executive Chris Baccus leased a 2015 Fiat 500e three years ago, he intended to keep his 2007 BMW 335i as a "fun car," and use the electric Fiat just for commuting. Within six months, he'd sold the BMW altogether. Part of his interest in the Fiat, he admitted, came from an article...

  • Hyundai Nexo
    Hyundai Nexo hydrogen fuel-cell prototype drives itself 118 miles without human input

    As it does in every other aspect of the auto industry, Korean carmaker Hyundai-Kia has set itself an aggressive goal and a fast pace for rollout of self-driving vehicles. The Korean carmaker has said it would offer a vehicle capable of Level 4 autonomy—meaning a car that can operate without...

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    Electric cars will fail, but we'll build them anyway, say global auto execs: KPMG

    Juxtaposed against a growing electric-vehicle market in China and increasingly stringent global carbon-emission limits, a survey by KPMG has revealed a majority of global auto executives believe electric vehicles are a fool's errand. Those executives believe electric cars will eventually be...

  • Hyundai Nexo

    The world of cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells is still small and low-volume, but Korean maker Hyundai unveiled its production entry into that group on Monday. The sprawling Consumer Electronics Show is increasingly a showcase for advanced-technology and zero-emission vehicles, and the Korean maker used it to show its production-ready hydrogen SUV ahead of next week's Detroit auto show. The 2019 Hyundai Nexo is the first dedicated hydrogen vehicle that's an SUV; the various Honda and Toyota models that preceded it have all been four-door sedans. DON'T MISS: Hyundai FE Fuel Cell Concept...

  • Hydrogenics hydrogen fueling station
    California to fall short of 100 hydrogen fueling stations by 2020

    As electric charging stations continue to sprout across the country, hydrogen fueling stations haven't experienced the same rapid growth. That's an issue in California, where Assembly Bill 8 stipulates a goal of 100 functioning public hydrogen stations by 2020. The latest forecast predicts the...

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    What topic should we have covered less in 2017? Twitter poll results

    Over the nine years this site has published daily news about green cars, the focus of our coverage has shifted significantly. In February 2009, when we started daily coverage, our most popular topics were hybrid cars and the Toyota Prius. With Prius sales in 2017 less than half what they were just...

  • Tesla Semi
    If electric semi tractors are real, their running-cost advantage could be huge

    Emotions play a big role in purchases of passenger vehicles, but fleet decisions are generally driven by numbers, spreadsheets, and the almighty dollar. And it's in the equation of overall cost where early adopters of electric and other alternative-fuel semis could make a financial killing. Haulers...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf
    What topic should we have covered less in 2017? Take our Twitter poll

    No single definition exists for the idea of "green car," and very few shoppers set out to go buy a green car. Instead, car buyers look for vehicles that meet their needs—with fuel economy or energy efficiency somewhere in that list of needs, whether higher or lower. Certainly the definition...

  • 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, 2016 Toyota Mirai at hydrogen fueling station, Fountain Valley, CA
    Which alternative fuels will survive long-term? Twitter poll results

    Building a fueling network turns out to be more of a challenge than many advocates, regulators, and drivers may have anticipated. The attempt to boost passenger vehicles fueled by cheap, abundant U.S. natural gas is now essentially over, with a mere 942 public natural-gas fueling stations...