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Hyundai to launch hydrogen fuel cell Tucson EV in Spring 2014

Hyundai to launch hydrogen fuel cell Tucson EV in Spring 2014

One of the technologies that several automakers have been working on as an alternative to traditional fossil-fueled vehicles is fuel cell technology. Hydrogen fuel cells are able to produce electricity to drive electric vehicles without producing emissions other than water. Hyundai has announced that it will be offering a hydrogen fuel cell version of the Tucson SUV in the spring of 2014.

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GM and Honda fuel-cell team sees engines and infrastructure come 2020

GM and Honda fuel-cell team sees engines and infrastructure come 2020

GM and Honda will collaborate on fuel-cell car development, the two companies have confirmed, preparing hydrogen power systems, storage, and refueling infrastructure for a 2020 launch timeframe. The team effort will see GM and Honda work with third-parties on building out networks for hydrogen availability, with the goal being a broadly accessible three-minute refuel. Both companies already have fuel-cell powered cars on the roads, though in limited numbers.

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Toyota fuel-cell car in 2014 with 300 mile range and Tesla-competitive price

Toyota fuel-cell car in 2014 with 300 mile range and Tesla-competitive price

Toyota's upcoming fuel-cell powered car will be priced roughly in line with the Tesla Model S, and deliver around 300 miles on a full tank of hydrogen, the company has revealed, ahead of the FCV-R-based vehicle's debut at the Tokyo Motor Show later this year. The new car, which may be launched under Toyota's own brand or as a Lexus, will cost in the neighborhood of $50,000 "depending on how big your neighborhood is" US advanced product development VP Chris Hostetter said, Bloomberg reports, with Toyota targeting something "price competitive" with Tesla's sedan.

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Ford, Daimler and Renault-Nissan team on fuel-cell cars by 2017

Ford, Daimler and Renault-Nissan team on fuel-cell cars by 2017

Ford, Daimler AG, and the Renault-Nissan alliance will jointly a develop a fuel-cell system for eco-conscious motoring, with the first mass-market, "affordable" model tipped for 2017. The pact - which follows a similar agreement by BMW and Toyota, also concerning fuel-cell technology - will see a single fuel-cell stack and system that will form the basis of a new range of cars from each marque, with the same underlying technology rebranded to suit different consumer segments.

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BMW and Toyota official tech buddies: Sports cars, Li-Air batteries, more

BMW and Toyota official tech buddies: Sports cars, Li-Air batteries, more

BMW and Toyota have finalized their partnership on sports cars, fuel-cell tech and more, signing a binging agreement that will also see the German and Japanese marques collaborate on new lithium-air batteries. The deal, which builds on the two car company's previous "memorandum of understanding" back in June 2012, focuses on four key areas for the future, with green motoring and lightweight, fun performance cars both on the agenda before 2020.

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Toyota installs massive 1.1-megawatt hydrogen fuel cell generator at its Torrance HQ

Toyota installs massive 1.1-megawatt hydrogen fuel cell generator at its Torrance HQ

Toyota Motor Sales USA has announced that it has installed and activated a new and very large hydrogen fuel-cell generator on the campus at its Torrance, California headquarters. The new fuel cell was activated yesterday and can produce 1.1-megawatts of electricity using hydrogen as the fuel. The gigantic fuel cell will be able to produce approximately half the electricity for six headquarters buildings during peak demand.

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Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai plan Nordic fuel-cell splurge

Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai plan Nordic fuel-cell splurge

Honda, Toyota, Nissan, and Hyundai have inked an agreement with various Nordic countries to splay fuel-cell infrastructure - and the cars to take advantage of it - across the region starting from 2014. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a combination public and private companies and organizations in Norway, Iceland, Sweden, and Denmark will see zero-emission vehicles and a hydrogen distribution network set up by 2017, following similar agreements in Europe.

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Greener Toyota: 21 hybrids by 2015 and $46k eQ EV in December

Greener Toyota: 21 hybrids by 2015 and $46k eQ EV in December

Toyota will launch 21 new hybrids before the end of 2015 and an all-electric compact car, the Toyota eQ, in Japan and the US later this year, as part of a significant investment in eco-friendly transportation. The roll-out will start with a new 2.5-liter gas engine which, Toyota claims, achieves a world-record setting thermal efficiency of 38.5-percent, and be followed by a smaller capacity, turbocharged version, a Prius that can power your fridge in an emergency, and then a fuel-cell system in 2015.

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ECOmove QBEAK EV promises 500-mile range

ECOmove QBEAK EV promises 500-mile range

I'm not sure I'll ever understand why many makers of electric vehicles can't (or won't) design an attractive car. It's like if you're driving a green vehicle some manufacturers think it has to be quirky and odd to scream green. I'm always happy that at least Tesla makes its EVs attractive. The latest quirky and not so good-looking electric vehicle to cross my desk is the ECOmove QBEAK.

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