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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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Diesel fuel prices are at their lowest levels since 2009. According to AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report, diesel fuel was cheaper than gasoline in 21 states while being significantly cheaper than Midgrade and Premium gasoline. In fact, in the state of California, diesel is 70 cents cheaper per gallon than Regular gasoline. If you’ve been […]

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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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Even with a more expensive sticker price, a new analysis shows diesel vehicles can save their owners thousands of dollars over several years when compared side-by-side with a similar gasoline-powered model. Bruce Belzowski, the managing director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute’s (UMTRI) Automotive Futures group, studied the total cost of diesel vehicle […]

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When Energiepark Mainz opened in Germany earlier this month, the facility came online as the world’s largest eco-friendly hydrogen plant. It took one year and 17 million euros ($18.7 million) to build the plant, which is a collaboration between utility company Stadtwerke Mainz AG, gases and engineering company Linde Group, technology group Siemens AG and […]

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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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