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GM Adds Silverado ZH2 to Military-Ready Line-up

Company continues its work with the U.S. Army.

by Michael Strong on Nov.07, 2018

GM's defense team is developing a Silverado version of the ZH2 in concert with the U.S. Army.

General Motors defense group continues to develop new urban warfare vehicles for the U.S. military to consider. The latest under development is the new Chevrolet Silverado ZH2.

The military-grade version of the Silverado is mirrored off the Colorado ZH2 the company produced in 2016. Developed in concert with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center, the Silverado ZH2 is powered by a next-gen hydrogen fuel cell and advanced battery systems.

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It features a heavy-duty strength design, a “race proven multimatic dynamic suspension” and a range of more than 400 miles, according to Autoblog.com. (more…)

It’s (Almost) Hydrogen Day!

Have you hugged your fuel cell lately?

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Oct.05, 2016

Honda's new Clarity fuel-cell vehicle is part of an onslaught of the vehicles that have hit U.S. roads in the last 18 months.

We’re not quite sure how it managed to nearly slip by us, but we’re coming up on National Hydrogen and Fuel-Cell Day. October 8th has been designated a day to promote awareness of this clean and green powertrain technology.

There are plenty of folks who believe hydrogen is the fuel of the future. And they can point to the small but growing number of vehicles that use the lightweight gas. In the coming weeks, Honda will launch its Clarity FCV to become the third fuel-cell maker on the U.S. market.

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Of course, not everyone is so optimistic. Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of Tesla Motors, calls them “fool cells.” Of course, he wants to sell you a battery-powered car, instead. Who is right? (more…)

Toyota Dealers Can Take Mirai Orders Next Month

Hydrogen fuel-cell sedan selling in California to start.

by Michael Strong on May.06, 2015

Toyota dealers in California will begin taking orders for the hydrogen fuel cell-powered Mirai next month.

The era of the fuel cell vehicle in the United States will hit a growth spurt early next month in California when Toyota dealers begin taking orders for the maker’s hydrogen fuel cell-powered Mirai.

The $58,000 alternative fuel vehicle starts arriving in dealer showrooms this October, according to the Japanese automaker. It will only be sold in California, which is the only state with enough hydrogen-fueling infrastructure for the purchase to make sense.

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The California Energy Commission is investing $46.6 million to accelerate the development of hydrogen fueling stations. The cash infusion will add 28 new stations to the existing nine stations. There are another 17 sites in various stages of development, which would bring the total stations expected online in the next couple of years to 54. That commission’s goal is 100 stations. (more…)

Skeptics Doubtful About Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

Infrastructure lacking, and will hydrogen be as clean as promised?

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Nov.25, 2013

Honda revealed a prototype of its own next-gen hydrogen car during the LA Auto Show.

With three different automakers announcing production plans for new fuel-cell vehicles at the L.A. Auto Show, hydrogen power is back in the headlines. But even with Honda’s global autos chief Tetsuo Iwamura calling the technology the “ultimate” solution in the search for clean mobility, not everyone is quite convinced.

With only a handful of fueling stations yet available – and plenty of questions left about how to even produce hydrogen efficiently — some skeptics argue that fuel cell technology remains, as the old adage goes, “the fuel of the future and always will be.”

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Among the many skeptics is Elon Musk, the CEO of electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors, who recently asserted there is “no way” hydrogen can become a viable alternative to battery power, never mind the well-entrenched internal combustion engine. Fuel cells, he argued, are too complex, too costly and there’s a complete lack of a production and distribution network.

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Governors Agree to Get 3.3 Million More Zero-Emission Cars on Roads

Improving infrastructure tops list of efforts in eight states.

by Michael Strong on Oct.25, 2013

Eight states have agreed to get 3.3 million zero emission cars on the roads, in part, by getting more charging stations built.

The push to get more zero emission vehicles on U.S. roads just got a significant boost as eight governors pledged to get 3.3 million more non-polluting cars on the roads by 2025.

The agreement by the leaders from California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Oregon, Maryland, Rhode Island, New York and Vermont isn’t binding, but includes what many observers consider a key component to getting more of those vehicles on the road: a commitment to build charging stations and other infrastructure components.

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While the agreement requires no specific financial commitment, the deal has the states working together to change building codes and other regulations to allow a quick rollout of new charging stations. (more…)