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Toyota makes its hybrid vehicle patents free to use

Toyota will make roughly 23,740 electrified vehicle patents available for royalty-free use until the end of 2030, as it looks to drive development of hybrid vehicles around the world...

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South Korea plans for hydrogen fuel-cell trucks to replace diesel by 2035
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South Korea plans for hydrogen fuel-cell trucks to replace diesel by 2035

South Korea is seemingly set to require commercial vehicles in the country – including trucks and construction equipment – to use hydrogen fuel-cell drivetrains by 2035. The move is designed to counter “serious fine dust problems” in the country not helped by diesel emissions, according to The Korea Herald...


Toyota Australia announces multi-million dollar hydrogen filling station at Altona
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Toyota Australia announces multi-million dollar hydrogen filling station at Altona

Toyota and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) are co-funding a $7.4 million Hydrogen Centre at the company’s old manufacturing site in Altona, west of Melbourne. Existing manufacturing infrastructure will be repurposed into “Victoria's first integrated hydrogen site”, complete with an electrolyser, commercial-grade hydrogen refuelling station and an ‘education centre’ with live demonstrations of how the tech works...


ALP promises $1 billion to support hydrogen development
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ALP promises $1 billion to support hydrogen development

Federal Labor has promised to devote $1 billion to developing the Australian hydrogen sector, as part of a plan designed to "supercharge Australia's renewable energy industry". The plan would see a $3 million National Hydrogen Innovation Hub created in Gladstone, Queensland, driven by the broader promise of growth in the burgeoning hydrogen industry...


Hyundai may unveil hydrogen sports car in Detroit
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Hyundai may unveil hydrogen sports car in Detroit

Albert Biermann, the recently appointed head of research and development for the Hyundai Motor Group, told reporters the company was planning a "surprise" at next week's Detroit motor show...


Toyota Australia plans huge hybrid expansion
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Toyota Australia plans huge hybrid expansion

Toyota Australia (TMCA) is aiming for one-in-five of all vehicles it sells to be fuel-saving petrol-electric hybrid cars, within a time frame of just two years. Based on current sales volumes, this equates to about 42,000 sales of Toyota hybrid cars in 2020, figures that seemed scarcely plausible even a few years ago given Australia’s slow take-up of environmentally friendly cars...


Hyundai to invest $9.3 billion in hydrogen fuel-cell development
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Hyundai to invest $9.3 billion in hydrogen fuel-cell development

The Hyundai Motor Group, along with its suppliers, plans on spending $7.6 trillion ($9.3 billion) on hydrogen fuel-cell development and production upgrades. As part of its FCEV Vision 2030, unveiled overnight, the company aims to build 700,000 fuel-cell systems per year by 2030...


Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell deliveries begin
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Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell deliveries begin

Mercedes-Benz has put the GLC F-Cell, a plug-in fuel-cell hybrid vehicle, into production, delivering the first examples to a number of German hydrogen agencies. Unlike regular plug-in hybrid vehicles, there's no internal-combustion engine backing the 13.5kWh battery pack and 50km all-electric range. Instead, the F-Cell relies on a hydrogen fuel-cell good for around 430km...


Toyota Mirai trials set for Hobson's Bay
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Toyota Mirai trials set for Hobson's Bay

Hobson's Bay has announced a 12-week trial of the Toyota Mirai, with three hydrogen fuel-cell sedans bound for the beachside city council's fleet. The trial, which starts today, will put the fuel-cell sedan in the hands of council members on regular day-to-day duties...


Federal inquiry into Australian automated mass-transit announced
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Federal inquiry into Australian automated mass-transit announced

A new inquiry into the use of automation in mass-transit systems around Australia has been announced, as the Infrastructure, Transport and Cities Committee looks to make public transport "better, stronger and faster" going forward. The inquiry, which will also investigate the role new fuel sources like hydrogen and electric power can play on road, rail and point-to-point delivery vehicles going forward, is accepting submissions until December 7, 2018...


Hydrogen and electric will work hand-in-hand - Hyundai
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Hydrogen and electric will work hand-in-hand - Hyundai

Much has been made of the battle between hydrogen and electric power, as the motoring world looks to wean itself off fossil fuels. Depending on who you ask, that's the wrong way of looking at things...


Hyundai Nexo nets NCAP milestone
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Hyundai Nexo nets NCAP milestone

The Hyundai Nexo has scored a maximum five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating, becoming the first hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle (HFCV) to do so. The Korean tech leader scored 94 per cent for Adult Occupant protection, 87 per cent for Child Occupant protection, 67 per cent for Pedestrian protection and 80 per cent for its Safety Assistance features...


Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell now available in Europe
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Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell now available in Europe

With the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell now available in Germany, final details about the plug-in hybrid fuel-cell crossover have been revealed. The GLC F-Cell is driven by an electric motor pumping out 155kW of power and 365Nm of torque. Under the bonnet, where diesel or petrol engines would normally reside, is the company's latest hydrogen fuel-cell stack...


Kia Ceed PHEV confirmed for 2019
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Kia Ceed PHEV confirmed for 2019

Kia Europe has confirmed it will add a plug-in hybrid version of its all-new Ceed Sportswagon during the second half of next year, with further models tipped to get electrified powertrains in the near future as well. Speaking with the UK's Autocar, Kia Europe's marketing boss, Artur Martins, said the Ceed PHEV will utilise the same hybrid system as the Niro PHEV crossover, which pairs a 104kW/147Nm 1...


CSIRO puts lab-produced hydrogen through its paces
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CSIRO puts lab-produced hydrogen through its paces

Hydrogen made in a CSIRO laboratory has been used to power a car for the first time, with chief executive Larry Marshall today taking a ride in a car powered by the lab-produced fuel. According to the organisation, the process "will pave the way for bulk hydrogen to be transported in the form of ammonia, using existing infrastructure, and then reconverted back to hydrogen at the point of use"...


Hyundai and Audi form fuel-cell EV alliance
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Hyundai and Audi form fuel-cell EV alliance

Audi AG and Hyundai Motor, both major proponents of fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) technology alongside the likes of Toyota and Mercedes-Benz, have formed an alliance to get affordable systems to market sooner. Reading between the lines, Audi will develop its own FCEV crossover using components from the Hyundai Nexo (driven here) as a tangible starting point for the alliance...


Nikola sues Tesla over Semi truck design
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Nikola sues Tesla over Semi truck design

Nikola has filed a lawsuit against Tesla, claiming the Silicon Valley-based electric vehicle (EV) firm copied the design of its One fuel-cell truck for the Semi. The company is suing for US$2 billion ($2.66b) over alleged copying of design elements like the One's wraparound windscreen, aerodynamic fuselage design, the mid-entry door to the cabin, and front fender...


Greens propose 2030 sales ban on petrol and diesel cars
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Greens propose 2030 sales ban on petrol and diesel cars

The Greens have proposed aggressive measures to encourage electric vehicle adoption, including a heavier Luxury Car Tax on internal-combustion vehicles and free registration for battery-powered buyers, ahead of a total ban on petrol and diesel cars by 2030...


2018 Hyundai Nexo review: World first drive
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2018 Hyundai Nexo review: World first drive

The Hyundai Nexo is an innovative new hydrogen-fuelled electric SUV. We've now driven it, and so the question: could this be the ideal electric vehicle of the future?


2018 Hyundai Nexo review
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2018 Hyundai Nexo review

The Hyundai Nexo has a fuel cell drivetrain that runs on compressed hydrogen, emits only water and heat, can drive 600km between refills, and only needs five minutes at the 'bowser'. Is this the zero-emissions car we've been dreaming of?