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Toyota aggressively ramps up electrification plans

Toyota wants to have electrified powertrains available across its entire range by 2025, and plans to sell more than 5.5 million electrified vehicles annually by 2030. Of those 5.5 million global sales, the company wants 1 million to be zero-emissions vehicles...

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Toyota, Honda, Nissan team up on hydrogen network in Japan
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Toyota, Honda, Nissan team up on hydrogen network in Japan

Eleven Japanese companies, including Toyota, Honda and Nissan, will work together to create a network of hydrogen refuelling stations across Japan. Joining the three automakers are six energy and infrastructure companies (JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy, Idemitsu Kosan, Iwatani, Tokyo Gas, Toho Gas, and Air Liquide), as well as two financial firms (Toyota Tsusho, and the Development Bank of Japan)...


Toyota puts Project Portal fuel cell truck to the test
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Toyota puts Project Portal fuel cell truck to the test

Toyota is putting its Project Portal fuel-cell truck through its paces, as the company looks to better understand the role of zero-emissions powertrains in future heavy haulers. The truck, first announced in April, will be used to haul goods around the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California...


New material can turn seawater into hydrogen for fuel cell cars
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New material can turn seawater into hydrogen for fuel cell cars

Researchers from University of Central Florida claim to have created a new substance that can extract hydrogen from seawater much more efficiently than current methods, potentially making hydrogen fuel cell technology a viable alternative to existing fossil fuels. In a new paper published in Energy & Environmental Science, the new nanomaterial is said to be an ultrathin film of titanium dioxide with nanocavities etched into it...


Hydrogen is the future, not battery-electric cars: Lexus
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Hydrogen is the future, not battery-electric cars: Lexus

Despite what you’ve heard from many major car corporations, and Tesla, electric vehicles are not the future, and never will be - according to Paul Williamsen, Lexus’s manager of global strategic communications - because the charging times will never fall to acceptable, practical levels. It’s “a simple matter of chemistry,” the company’s self-described “tech guy”, explains...


Nikola One truck's two-bedder interior revealed
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Nikola One truck's two-bedder interior revealed

Nikola Motor Company has released new renderings of its upcoming One hydrogen fuel-cell semi-truck, while also handing down initial details of the vehicle's infotainment and technology suite. Since the Nikola One's initial reveal, the company has revised the interior design to include a 21-inch central touchscreen which gives drivers access to most of the vehicle's functions...


Mercedes-Benz slowing down fuel-cell vehicle development - report
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Mercedes-Benz slowing down fuel-cell vehicle development - report

Mercedes-Benz is reportedly slowing down its development efforts with hydrogen fuel cell cars in favour of battery electric vehicles. According to Smart2Zero, Dieter Zetsche made these comments at an automotive conference in Stuttgart, Germany, towards the end of March...


Volvo not interested in hydrogen
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Volvo not interested in hydrogen

Hakan Samuelsson, CEO of Volvo, has confirmed that the Swedish automaker isn't interested in hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. Talking with Wards Auto at the recent Geneva motor show, Samuelsson said that "battery electrification is what we believe in". He went on to say: "With hydrogen you would require all new infrastructure once more, so I think there is a limit to what people will invest in...


Hyundai FE Fuel Cell Concept revealed in Geneva
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Hyundai FE Fuel Cell Concept revealed in Geneva

The Hyundai FE Fuel Cell Concept has made its debut at the 2017 Geneva motor show, and it points the way to an all-new production SUV with a hydrogen fuel cell drivetrain. The FE Fuel Cell Concept is said to build upon the lessons that Hyundai has learned from the ix35/Tucson Fuel Cell car, which was launched in 2013, and is currently available for lease in 17 markets across the world, including South Korea and California...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for March 3, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for March 3, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Norway to sell only EVs and PHEVs by 2025
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Norway to sell only EVs and PHEVs by 2025

The Norwegian government has announced its ambitious plans to reduce vehicle emissions, including a goal to have all new cars sold by 2025 to be electric, hydrogen-powered or plug-in hybrids. According to a new report by elbil, Norway's authorities are driving a push for vehicles with lower emissions and will continue to bring in new incentives to get its people into cleaner cars - Australian government please take note...


Mercedes-Benz fuel-cell future uncertain
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Mercedes-Benz fuel-cell future uncertain

Mercedes-Benz has committed to offering its F-Cell range of fuel-cell models in the short term, but the longer-term future of the technology appears to be bleak, based on comments made by the company’s chief at the 2017 Detroit motor show...


Nikola One: Hydrogen freight hauler officially revealed, advanced new battery pack detailed
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Nikola One: Hydrogen freight hauler officially revealed, advanced new battery pack detailed

The Nikola One hydrogen-fuelled semi truck has been officially revealed at the company's Salt Lake City headquarters, along with new details about the zero-emissions hauler. Powered by a fully-electric drivetrain that draws energy from lithium-ion batteries and a hydrogen fuel-cell, the Nikola One claims a zero-emissions range of 800 to 1200 miles (1287-1931km)...


Toyota: hydrogen a "natural stepping stone" from hybrid
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Toyota: hydrogen a "natural stepping stone" from hybrid

Toyota's local arm strongly supports the adoption of hydrogen fuel-cell technology in Australia, despite the current lack of infrastructure. Speaking at the showcase of the Mirai fuel-cell sedan and the company's new mobile hydrogen refueller station, Michael Elias, manager for product planning at Toyota Australia, told CarAdvice the company sees hydrogen power as a natural progression from current hybrid technology - due to the refuelling process being similar to conventional cars...


Toyota reveals mobile hydrogen refueller, joins Mirai trio in Australia
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Toyota reveals mobile hydrogen refueller, joins Mirai trio in Australia

Toyota Australia has revealed its mobile refueller for hydrogen vehicles, joining the trio of Mirai fuel-cell sedans that currently reside in Australia. Comprising of a Linde high-pressure hydrogen refueller sat on the back of a Hino 700 series prime mover, the mobile hydrogen station will allow the Japanese company to take its three Mirai sedans anywhere in Australia that a conventional car can be driven, despite the country's lack of refuelling infrastructure...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for October 7, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for October 7, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


2018 Hyundai hydrogen vehicle to use bespoke chassis, right-hand drive confirmed
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2018 Hyundai hydrogen vehicle to use bespoke chassis, right-hand drive confirmed

Hyundai has confirmed that its next hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle will use a bespoke chassis for a more purpose-ready design. It will also be built in right-hand drive, and will arrive in Australia at the end of 2018. Hyundai public relations general manager Bill Thomas, confirmed to CarAdvice that the new model would come to Australia in 2018, with 20 vehicles already sold to the ACT government...


Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 fuel-cell prototype to be assessed by US Army
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Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 fuel-cell prototype to be assessed by US Army

The Chevrolet Colorado ZH2, which was unveiled overnight at a meeting of the Association of the United States Army, is part engineering prototype, part aggressively styled concept car. Developed in collaboration with the US Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), the Colorado ZH2, is based on the North American Chevrolet Colorado ute...


Nikola electric truck drops natural gas plans, switches to hydrogen power
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Nikola electric truck drops natural gas plans, switches to hydrogen power

Startup company Nikola has made a significant change to its upcoming One electric semi truck, switching to a hydrogen fuel cell just months before its expected December launch. Originally the Nikola One was meant to use a 400kW turbine fuelled by compressed natural gas to power the truck’s electric motors, however the company is now advertising that the new semi will use a hydrogen fuel cell...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 15
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 15

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...