Hydrogen research vessel deemed feasible
A team led by Sandia National Laboratories, usually charged with nuclear security in the USA, has found a zero emission vessel running on hydrogen feasible. Their study developed a fuel-cell coastal research vessel consistent with marine regulations.
South Korea to invest €2BN into fuel cell vehicles
The government in Seoul agreed with South Korea’s industry to invest about 2 billion euros (2.6 trillion Won) into hydrogen mobility over the next five years. Facilities building fuel cell vehicles and those doing R&D will receive funding in order to reach the ambitious targets.
Solaris readies fuel cell electric bus for 2019
Poland’s prolific busmaker Solaris will present their first hydrogen bus next year. The fuel cell electric vehicle is based on their Urbino series but with a longer range of up to 350 km on one fill. A traction battery is to support the bus at peak times.
Scotland to build first sea-going hydrogen ferry
Scotland’s Ferguson Shipbuilders have managed to secure funding through the EU project HySeas III. With partners such as the Ballard or DLR and from different European countries they will build the world’s first sea going ferry running on fuel cells powered by hydrogen from renewables.
Renault-Nissan pull the plug on fuel cell cars
The alliance of Daimler, Ford and Renault-Nissan working on commercialising a fuel cell car has hit a road block as Renault-Nissan pull out. The partners had aimed to develop shared components but now decided to focus on electric cars first.
Plug Power and Linde to advance fuel cells in Europe
U.S. American Plug Power has teamed up with Linde Material Handling to advance the use of fuel cells in manufacturing operations in Europe. Linde already offers a range of vehicles, which Plug Power deems “fuel cell ready” and waiting to house their stacks.
Toyota & Seven-Eleven launching fuel cell project
The basic agreement to use hydrogen and fuel cell transport to power convenience stores in Japan more sustainable had been made already last year. Now Toyota and Seven-Eleven agreed on a more detailed plan and schedule to launch fuel cell trucks and renewable energy storage systems.
France to utilise hydrogen across all sectors
Minister of Environment, Nicolas Hulot, has a new strategy as he aims for France to draw heavily on hydrogen and fuel cell technology. The plan includes all levels of the country’s economy and details a turn in transport through FCVs and infrastructure.
Hydrogen Fuelling station boom in Germany
According to information from TÜV Süd, Germany had the largest growth in hydrogen fuelling stations in the world last year. A total of 24 public fueling stations were installed in Germany, while the global market managed to construct a total of 64.
Hyundai Nexo shall cost less than ix35 Fuel Cell
Nexo is the second generation of Hyundai’s fuel cell SUV and has been recently presented together with its technical specs. Now, information about the pricing is available, too. Thus, the model will be slightly less expensive than its predecessor, the ix35 Fuel Cell for 65,000 euros.
Hyundai presents next-gen fuel cell SUV called Nexo
In the spotlights of the CES, Hyundai has taken the wraps off its second-generation fuel cell SUV and revealed that it is going to be called Nexo. The carmaker also published further tech specs, thus the model’s range will be 500 miles (800 km) according to NEFZ.
Hyundai and Aurora to develop autonomous FCEVs
After VW announced a collaboration with Aurora to bring autonomous EVs to cities as Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) fleets, Hyundai is the next company to sign a contract with the U.S. start-up. Both companies agree on jointly launching autonomous vehicles until 2021.
Kick-off: Ballard’s FC systems get assembled in China
After Canadian Ballard Power Systems closed a deal with Chinese company Broad-Ocean Motor to produce and sell 30 and 85kW fuel cell systems in three strategic regions in China in February, the first assembly plant has now been put into operation in Shanghai.
Hydrogen, Fully Charged.
Reading tip: Homemade hydrogen with IVY’s Simple Fuel station that only needs water and a power source. And 250,000 dollars for the installation but that might be an option for FCV fleet owners.
Video tip: Round two of a Briton in Berlin sees Robert Llewellyn trying Emmy’s electric scooter sharing at EUREF campus for Fully Charged.
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Renault, COUP goes Paris, Hydrogen, Communauto, Sweden.
French invasion: Stuttgart, the stronghold of the German car industry, will see its officials cueing in its congested streets in Renaults rather than Mercedes or Porsches. The city council just ordered 32 Kangoo Z.E. together with twelve Zoe to join the municipal fleet. German manufacturers had either not answered the town’s tender at all or only with too expensive an offer. A new invitation to bid will be issued soon though, this time for two-seaters so Daimler’s Smart ED may get its chance to gain back some home territory.
stuttgarter-nachrichten.de (in German)
In a reverse coup, Bosch’s electric scooter sharing will gain ground in the French capital. This summer will see 600 such COUP two-wheelers flock to Paris. The free-float service (within business territory) first took off in Berlin, where its fleet is to grow to 1,000 electric mopeds before the year’s end.
Hydrogen networking: Toyota and Honda together with 8 more partners want to establish a JV to grow their homelands H2 station network from today’s 90 to 400 fills within ten years. Installation is to start next year but a basic agreement is due to be signed soon.
Moving forward: Carsharer Communauto confirmed its pilot project in Montreal after receiving assurance that its users will have enough parking spaces. The fleet counts 120 EVs to date and over the next few weeks, 300 new hybrids will be brought into service in Canada as well as in France.
Moving forward too is the Swedish police that tested electric cars reportedly. The units sparked “positive reactions” and so the officers will continue to use them although not for patrols but on shorter distances rather.
Hydrogen, Innogy, South Korea, FedEx, Yokohama.
Hydrogen boost in UK: The British government has announced a new 23m pound funding programme for FCV and H2 infrastructure. Grants are to go to partnerships between fuel providers and fuel cell vehicle makers with a competition to be launched this summer. Toyota has welcomed the move – if it influenced its UK investment decision (see news above) is uncertain but the Isles are one of the selected markets for the Mirai FCV.
European roaming may leap forward as Innogy presses ahead with its plans. Up to 1,000 Blockchain EV charging stations could be installed this April, German Wirtschaftswoche reports. Hundreds more charge stops may be updated to the tech platform within months.
wiwo.de (in German)
Charging Dominican Republic: South Korea’s state-run Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) said it signed a MOU with Dominican Republic’s National Energy Commission to help to build EV charging infrastructure. A pilot project shall connect the capital Santo Doming to Punta Cana on the east coast.
FedEx expands green fleet: FedEx has introduced electric delivery vans in Belgium, where five Nissan e-NV200 will serve in Ghent, Brussels, and Antwerp.
Twizy sharing in Japan: Nissan and the city of Yokohama have started a round-trip car sharing service with (renamed) Twizy Evs. Called Choimobi Yokohama, it is part of Nissan’s New Mobility Concept. Users register online and can pick-up the EVs at 14 locations but the service will include guided tours and long-term car rentals for businesses, too.