Despite the fact that electric vehicles are all the rage these days, the racing world is looking in new directions to find ways to make motorsport a more sustainable and eco-friendly. For the FIA’s World Endurance Championship, that means turning to hydrogen power.
It’s the kind of cross-cultural technical advancement that a utopian world could only dream of. Last weekend, French train-building company Alstom delivered its first two hydrogen-powered trains to Germany—the first of their kind but the first of many more Alstom is already contracted to build.
The only news in racing (as far as I’m concerned) is that this year Toyota, McLaren, Aston Martin, Ferrari and Ford are in talks to lay out a hypercar-looks/GT1-style class for Le Mans in 2020/2021. Now BMW is in on those talks, as Motorsport.com reports. Hm.
The 45th Tokyo Motor Show is about a week away, and Toyota is bringing this: the Fine-Comfort hydrogen fuel-cell concept. The company calls it “a new form of the premium saloon,” which I guess means “weird futuristic minivan” in Toyota-speak.
Toyota has tossed around a lot of money in the name of hydrogen, most recently with a project to build a fuel cell-powered big rig truck. But the Japanese automaker has also been trying to boost sales in the U.S. for its car of the future—the Mirai. But as Bloomberg reports today, sales are sluggish, and it should…
While we can all extol the economic and environmental virtues of electricity over diesel, just look at this. This is the insane difference between electric and diesel acceleration, and it will revolutionize the way other drivers interact with trucks.
The future of cars as projected by my youth—when carmakers would get serious about hydrogen, when electric cars would be mainstream, when cars would drive themselves—is now more realized than ever. It’s weird how normal the whole thing is.
General Motors and Honda are partnering up in an $85 million joint venture to mass-produce cheaper, smaller hydrogen fuel cells in Michigan—fuel cells expected to make their way into the two companies’ future products. More importantly, the two companies say they’re working towards fixing that critical…
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Six months ago the Nikola Motor Company came out of nowhere and announced it was going to put the first electric-powered big rig on American roads. We’ve been skeptical, but Nikola just revealed a full-sized model that apparently works, and more importantly a plan to build and sell it at scale.
We’ve been watching the Nikola Motor Company like a weird egg we found in a swamp (what’s coming out of this?) and today it might actually hatch. The outfit’s revealing physical photos of its product for the first time and more importantly: describing its distribution system.
We knew Chevrolet was turning the Colorado pickup truck into some kind of military test bed, but I was not expecting the thing to look straight out of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Forget a Raptor rival, GM has gone totally Hollywood and I kind of love it.
General Motors and the U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center are cooking up a small military truck concept based on the Chevy Colorado that uses hydrogen fuel cell and electric power to get around and serve as a mobile generator.
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The Nikola Motor Company materialized a few months ago with sleek concept photos and incredible stats on an electric semi truck apparently coming soon. Twelve hundred miles of range! Zero emissions! Cheaper than diesel! And today, even more. Now the company says it will put 50 hydrogen stations in North America by…
The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle, which is supposed to have a 300 mile range running on hydrogen, will go on sale at the end of this year. America still won’t have a convenient network of hydrogen filling stations by then. But Honda will have other versions of the Clarity. So, you might actually want one.
Technically, Hyundai did set the land speed record for the fastest production hydrogen-powered crossover, which definitely didn’t exist before this test. They even provided a little video . So just exactly how fast are we talking?
Honda has been screwing around with the idea of a hydrogen-powered mass-market car for years. Today they’ve even got a new version of the Clarity Fuel Cell Concept, a “zero emission” sedan scheduled to be on sale, for real, in Japan in March and here in the U.S. shortly after.
Toyota is one of the few still trying to make hydrogen a thing, and nobody really seems to be as interested as with all the electric concepts spewing out of Europe. Toyota’s FCV Plus is trying really hard to change that, offering to not only run itself with hydrogen, but power your home as well.