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Hyundai Nexo FCV Debuts At CES With 370 Mile Range 8
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in CES, fuel cell, Galleries, Hyundai, Hyundai Nexo, new cars on 01 8th, 2018


Hyundai has used the used the Consumer Electronics Show to introduce its all-new fuel cell vehicle which is called the Nexo.

Described as the company’s technological flagship, the Nexo is a stylish crossover which is key part of the company’s plan to introduce 18 eco-friendly vehicles by 2025.

The Nexo will go on sale in selected markets later this year and the model will be offered with an assortment of new driver assistance technologies including a blind-spot view monitor that uses “wide angle surround view monitors” on each side of the vehicle to show areas that cannot be seen by a traditional rearview mirror. Images from these monitors will then be displayed to drivers on a “center cluster screen.”

The Nexo will also become the first model to offer Lane Following Assist. Hyundai says the system automatically adjusts the crossover’s steering to help keep the Nexo centered in its lane of travel. Another notable feature is the Highway Driving Assist function which uses sensors and map data to automatically adjust the Nexo’s speed.

The Nexo is built on a dedicated architecture and this enables the model to be lighter, faster, and roomier than the Tucson FCEV.

Speaking of performance, Hyundai says the Nexo has an electric motor that develops 160 hp (120 kW) and 291 lb-ft (394 Nm) of torque. This enables the crossover to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 9.5 seconds which is a full three seconds faster than the Tucson FCEV. The model also has a range of approximately 370 miles (595 km) which is 105 miles (168 km) more than its Tucson counterpart.

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California Gets A Step Closer To Banning Conventionally Powered Vehicles 4
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, fuel cell, USA on 01 4th, 2018


California state assemblyman Phil Ting has finally introduced his bill in the legislature which seeks to ban the sale of new vehicles powered by gasoline and diesel engines.

Ting has been talking about the bill for months and we’re learning more about what could happen if it eventually becomes law.

The bill is called the Clean Cars 2040 Act and it would prevent the state from accepting original registrations for vehicles that are not zero emissions. The bill would go into effect after January 1st, 2040 and it would effectively ban the sale of vehicles that don’t use electric or fuel-cell powertrains. The bill goes also specifies “zero emissions vehicles cannot produce exhaust emissions of any criteria pollutant or greenhouse gas under any operational mode or condition.”

The heart of the bill is only a couple sentences long and it doesn’t apply to large commercial vehicles that weigh over 10,001 pounds (4,535 kg). It also does “not apply to vehicles owned by people moving into California from other states.”

In a press release, Ting said “California has long led the nation in promoting environmental protection and public health through visionary policies and technological innovations” but “it’s time that we clear the path for emissions-free transportation and take significant steps to achieve our ambitious emissions reduction goals.” He went on to claim that vehicles running on fossil fuels are responsible for nearly 40 percent of California’s greenhouse gas emissions and the bill is a “mechanism to ensure a healthier future for Californians and the entire region.”

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Hyundai’s Next-Gen FCEV To Debut New Autonomous Systems And Tell Us Its Name At CES 4
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in ADAS, Autonomous, CES, Electric Vehicles, fuel cell, Hyundai, Reports, Tech on 01 4th, 2018


Hyundai will visit the CES 2018 in Las Vegas with its next-generation FCEV to showcase a trio of new technologies, including its all-new autonomous systems.

The yet-unnamed, hydrogen-powered fuel cell EV will also reveal its name at the same time, while Hyundai will detail the new Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that come with it.

The new Hyundai will become the newest member of the company’s eco-friendly model family, adopting an SUV bodystyle and an innovative approach to its interior.

Hyundai calls the new interior approach the Intelligent Personal Cockpit, featuring AI-enhanced voice recognition and “vital sign-based wellness care”. The dashboard will feature a pair of digital displays sitting side by side while the center console will be elevated for a more cockpit-like feeling.

Hyundai will reveal all the details of its new FCEV on Monday, January 8 during the press conference at the CES 2018.

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Toyota Dives Into The EV Race, Announces More Than 10 New Models By Early 2020s 19
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, fuel cell, Hybrids, PHEV, Reports, TOYOTA on 12 19th, 2017


Toyota has laid out its plans for the near future, saying that it will launch more than 10 electric vehicles worldwide by the early 2020s.

The Japanese carmaker was one of the last major players to enter the EV race, as it was focusing more on widening the range of their hybrid models.

The importance of Toyota’s EV-focused strategy is huge, as the company is the second biggest spender in R&D across the automotive industry.

Toyota will launch its first battery-electric model in China before entering other regions, including Japan, India, the US and Europe. Additionally, every model in the Toyota and Lexus range by 2025 will be available either as a dedicated electrified model or have an electrified version.

By 2030, Toyota expects to sell more than 5.5 million electrified vehicles, including more than 1 million battery-electric and fuel-cell models. From now on, no future Toyota model will be developed without at least an electrified version.

More hybrids are coming too, with the company to further develop the Toyota Hybrid System II, which is used in the current Prius; some models will get a more powerful version of it while others will receive a simpler hybrid system in order to meet specific customer needs.

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Hyundai Motor Group Working On 38 Green Vehicles Including Seven All-New Models 13
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, fuel cell, Genesis, Hyundai, Kia, Reports on 12 13th, 2017


Hyundai Senior Vice President Lee Ki-sang has revealed the Hyundai Motor Group will launch a total of 38 “green cars” in the next eight years.

Bloomberg is reporting that Ki-sang confirmed the figure includes seven all-new vehicles which will be launched over the course of the next five years. Many of the upcoming models will feature an electric powertrain while the others will likely be hybrid, plug-in hybrid or hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

While electric vehicles are a key part of the initiative, Ki-sang said the company is hedging its bets by investing in both fuel-cell vehicles and more traditional battery-electric models. As he explained, Hyundai sees fuel-cell vehicles as the best solution for future mobility but the company isn’t putting all its eggs in one basket. Instead, Hyundai will “push for both” types.

Ki-sang was tight-lipped on specifics but the company has already announced plans for a Kona EV and a Genesis EV with a range of approximately 500 km (310 km). On the hydrogen front, there will be a new fuel-cell crossover that will go into production early next year.

In a separate report, Ki-sang told Reuters the company is developing a dedicated platform for electric vehicles but it is still years away from being launched. He went on to say Kia will launch an electric crossover next year – possibly the Niro EV – and it will have a range of more than 300 km (186 miles) on a single charge.

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Honda Clarity Walks Home With 2018 Green Car Of The Year Award 2
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Car Of The Year, Electric Vehicles, fuel cell, honda, Honda Clarity, Hydrogen, LA Auto Show, PHEV, Reports on 12 2nd, 2017


Honda’s bold move to offer the Clarity in three distinctive versions (electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell) have been recognized by the Green Car Journal, which named it its 2018 Green Car of the Year.

The award was handed over during the Los Angeles Auto Show, and the Clarity’s competition consisted of the Honda Accord, Hyundai Ioniq, Nissan Leaf and Toyota Camry.

“It’s a nod in the right direction to receive the 2018 Green Car of the Year award for the Clarity family of vehicles. The Clarity Fuel Cell, Clarity Electric, and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid offer the power of choice to consumers, who want to step into the electrification game without being compromised”, said American Honda’s VP of Connected and Environmental Business, Steven Center.

Last year’s winner was the Chevrolet Bolt, which beat the BMW 330e iPerformance, Chrysler Pacifica, Kia Optima, and Toyota Prius Prime.

GM grabbed the 2016 Green Car of the Year prize as well with the second-generation Chevy Volt, while in 2015 and 2014 the winners were the BMW i3 and Honda Accord respectively.

Green Car of the Year winners over the years:

2006 – Mercury Mariner Hybrid
2007 – Toyota Camry Hybrid
2008 – Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid
2009 – Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2010 – Audi A3 TDI
2011 – Chevrolet Volt PHEV
2012 – Honda Civic GX CNG
2013 – Ford Fusion EcoBoost, Hybrid, and PHEV
2014 – Honda Accord Gasoline, Hybrid, and PHEV
2015 – BMW i3
2016 – Chevrolet Volt Electric, PHEV, Fuel Cell
2017 – Chevrolet Bolt
2018 – Honda Clarity

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Eight New Hyundai SUVs Coming Your Way By 2020 15
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, fuel cell, Hyundai, Hyundai Kona, Reports, SUV on 11 15th, 2017


Hyundai has come out with a plan to launch eight new or re-engineered SUV models in the United States by the year 2020.

Kicking off with the new Kona, which is expected in March, the new range of SUVs will include everything from a smaller A-segment model, to an eight-passenger mid-size one.

Hyundai says that the new models will be powered by all of the available powertrain technologies, including petrol, diesel, hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric in a bid to cover every need.

“Very soon we are going to have the most diverse CUV powertrain lineup in the industry,” said Mike O’Brien, VP of product, corporate and digital planning, Hyundai Motor America. “These vehicles will show the engineering prowess of the more than 13,000 engineers Hyundai Motor Company has working on current and future models every single day. Our customers are going to have a lot of great CUV choices in our dealerships.”

One of the most interesting additions to Hyundai’s range will of course be the electric version of the Kona, which is expected to debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. If reports are true, Hyundai’s first electric crossover will offer more than 240 miles of driving range on a single charge.

In addition, the brand’s next-gen fuel cell SUV is set to offer more than 500 miles (800km) of driving range while the entry-level member of the new SUV family will make its appearance last, after Hyundai launches its new midsize SUV.

“The Kona is only the beginning of our product revolution for Hyundai,” O’Brien, added. “These vehicles are aimed squarely at the sales leaders in each segment and will emphasize Hyundai’s continued focus on sustainability and efficiency without compromising performance.”

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Eight New Hyundai SUVs Coming Your Way By 2020 15
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, fuel cell, Hyundai, Hyundai Kona, Reports, SUV on 11 15th, 2017


Hyundai has come out with a plan to launch eight new or re-engineered SUV models in the United States by the year 2020.

Kicking off with the new Kona, which is expected in March, the new range of SUVs will include everything from a smaller A-segment model, to an eight-passenger mid-size one.

Hyundai says that the new models will be powered by all of the available powertrain technologies, including petrol, diesel, hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric in a bid to cover every need.

“Very soon we are going to have the most diverse CUV powertrain lineup in the industry,” said Mike O’Brien, VP of product, corporate and digital planning, Hyundai Motor America. “These vehicles will show the engineering prowess of the more than 13,000 engineers Hyundai Motor Company has working on current and future models every single day. Our customers are going to have a lot of great CUV choices in our dealerships.”

One of the most interesting additions to Hyundai’s range will of course be the electric version of the Kona, which is expected to debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. If reports are true, Hyundai’s first electric crossover will offer more than 240 miles of driving range on a single charge.

In addition, the brand’s next-gen fuel cell SUV is set to offer more than 500 miles (800km) of driving range while the entry-level member of the new SUV family will make its appearance last, after Hyundai launches its new midsize SUV.

“The Kona is only the beginning of our product revolution for Hyundai,” O’Brien, added. “These vehicles are aimed squarely at the sales leaders in each segment and will emphasize Hyundai’s continued focus on sustainability and efficiency without compromising performance.”

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Mercedes-AMG Project One Dazzles The Crowds In Tokyo 25
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, Autonomous, concepts, Electric Vehicles, fuel cell, Hydrogen, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes AMG Project One, Mercedes Concept, Mercedes GLC, PHEV, Smart Concepts, Tokyo Motor Show on 10 25th, 2017


Mercedes-Benz and AMG are providing a glimpse into the future of mobility with a range of premieres shown for the first time on the Asian continent.
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Mercedes-AMG Project One Dazzles The Crowds In Tokyo 25
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, Autonomous, concepts, Electric Vehicles, fuel cell, Hydrogen, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes AMG Project One, Mercedes Concept, Mercedes GLC, PHEV, Smart Concepts, Tokyo Motor Show on 10 25th, 2017


Mercedes-Benz and AMG are providing a glimpse into the future of mobility with a range of premieres shown for the first time on the Asian continent.
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Toyota ‘Fine-Comfort Ride’ Concept Is Practicality At Its Finest [w/Video] 25
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in concepts, fuel cell, Galleries, Hydrogen, Tech, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts, Toyota FCV on 10 25th, 2017


With the Fine-Comfort Ride Concept, Toyota is looking to redefine the family minivan, turning it into something even more versatile and eco-friendly.
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Hyundai Highlights Its New Smart Stream Powertrains, Promises More PHEVs And EVs 24
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, fuel cell, Hyundai, Hyundai Videos, PHEV, video on 10 24th, 2017


The Hyundai Motor Group has unveiled its new powertrain strategy at an international conference in South Korea.
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Tokyo, Your Fuel-Cell City Bus Has Arrived In The Toyota Sora 18
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in fuel cell, Hydrogen, Tokyo Motor Show, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts on 10 18th, 2017


See this bus? It's a concept that's set to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show. But that won't be the last that residents and visitors to the Japanese capital will see of it.
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Toyota Fine-Comfort Ride Concept Envisions The Hydrogen Minivan Of The Future 18
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Autonomous, fuel cell, Tokyo Motor Show, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts on 10 18th, 2017


When we showed you the Concept-i Ride and Concept-i Walk earlier this week, we had a feeling it wouldn't be long before Toyota revealed another concept for the Toyko Motor Show.
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GM Presents New Fuel Cell Platform With Autonomous Tech 6
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, Electric Vehicles, fuel cell, GM, Hydrogen, Military Vehicles, Reports, Tech on 10 6th, 2017


GM is looking to solve some of the world's toughest transportation challenges with the help of their flexible autonomous fuel cell platform, dubbed the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure, or SURUS.
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