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Will hydrogen fuel cell vehicles be to their makers as the failed Edsel was once to Ford? Or, despite flak being piled on them from certain quarters, will they arise from a questionable proposition today to a clear win within 10-15 years, or less? No one really knows, but to be sure, FCVs do present […]

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In order for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to proliferate, infrastructure has to proliferate, and recently we spoke with one of the key people on the ground floor. According to Michael Dray, technical operations manager for California State L.A. Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility, progress has been made since Jan. 8 when the station became the […]

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One portion of the ongoing debate over fuel cell vehicles questions how environmentally friendly the technology actually is; one new study said the answer depends on the source of the hydrogen fuel. Dominic Notter, a researcher with Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) and his colleagues used a life cycle assessment approach […]

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Electric cars are presented as a solution for society’s needs to curb emissions and reduce petroleum consumption, but are they really environmentally friendly? The way researchers try to answer this question is by a “cradle-to-grave” life cycle analysis. This normally takes into account three phases – 1) the manufacturing process, 2) a car’s life in […]

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Advocates call electric cars a solution to combat global warming, critics have suggested coal-fed grids make them dirtier than conventional cars, but critics have the right to be wrong. The question is over well-to-wheel greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the short answer is electric vehicles (EVs) are cleaner; it’s only a matter of how much […]

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Out of the many types of alternatively fueled powertrains, Big Oil is chiefly threatened by only one: the battery electric. And Tesla is its poster child. Oil and gas magazine Alberta Oil recently spotlighted the Tesla Model S as “one of the most beautiful and interesting automobiles to ever get made” but possibly also “one […]

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According to government and industry sources, the time-honored internal combustion engine (ICE) could be honored with much more time – as in indefinitely. While electrification enthusiasts have predicted a pending demise for the ICE, the U.S. Energy Information Agency predicts in 2035 that 99 percent of light-duty and heavy duty vehicles, particularly in commercial use, […]

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The European Commission announced it’s funding a new solar fuels research project, which will be spearheaded by Volkswagen AG. Just under 6 million euros ($6.6 million) has been allocated for the study under Europe’s research and innovation program Horizon 2020. Volkswagen AG has been named as the lead coordinator and will be joined by 11 […]

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Though it’s been nearly two decades since some major oil companies began talking about climate change, a former chairman of one such company said he is distressed over how slow global progress has been on the issue. Sir Mark Moody-Stuart – once the chairman of Royal Dutch Shell PLC – spoke about climate change earlier […]

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When listing advocates of the U.S. ethanol industry, those who normally spring to mind include farmers, processing facilities, environmentalists – and not an organization like OPEC. But that may be what’s unfolding now, according to Reuters, with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) becoming an “unlikely ally” for the Obama administration and its […]

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