The Mirai does 650 km on one cow’s poop
One cow’s annual poop output (out-poop?) is apparently enough to generate a year’s supply of hydrogen to fuel Toyota’s second-generation Mirai fuel cell sedan. This is not a random reference, Toyota is indeed building its first manure-powered hydrogen fuelling station in California.Weiterlesen
Toyota: first images of next-gen Mirai fuel cell car
Toyota will present the Mirai Concept, a preview of the second model generation of the fuel cell sedan at the Toyko Motor Show. Pre-release photos of the new edition, planned for 2020 show a more agreeable design as well as some technical changes.Weiterlesen
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Toyota hands over 8 Mirai to the Olympic Committee
Toyota has handed over eight of its Mirai fuel cell models to the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland. On 23 June, a new headquarters of the IOC will be inaugurated in Lausanne, which will be geared towards sustainability.Weiterlesen
Hydrogen JV HysetCo launches in Paris region
Air Liquide, Idex, Société du Taxi Électrique Parisien (STEP) and Toyota have launched a joint venture called HysetCo to develop hydrogen mobility in the Paris region. It will also serve Hype, the fleet of fuel cell taxis, launched in 2015 during the COP21 and operated in Paris.Weiterlesen
CSIRO extracts pure H2 from ammonia in live driving test
Australia’s CSIRO successfully tested their hydrogen stored in form of ammonia during driving tests with FCVs by Toyota and Honda. Their novel membrane essentially reverses the Haber-Bosch process, which usually transforms hydrogen into ammonia.Weiterlesen
Toyota planning to enter FC mass market
Toyota plans to manufacture a series of fuel cell vehicles in the SUV, pick-up and utility vehicle sectors, starting around 2025. In order to facilitate the jump to mass production, Toyota plans to minimize use of expensive materials, such as platinum.Weiterlesen
Toyota is banking on alternative energy for 2020 Olympics
Toyota has presented the cornerstones of their mobility concept for the incoming 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo. The autonomous e-Palettes will be used, as well as the Toyota Concept-i BEV as well as a variety of FCEVs such as the Mirai and the Sora bus.Weiterlesen
Scotland Yard now driving Toyota Mirai fuel cell cars
The London Metropolitan Police Service, also known as Scotland Yard, has received eleven Toyota Mirai and already integrated them into their fleet. They will partially be used for undercover as well as official police operations.Weiterlesen
Toyota has already reached its EV sales targets for 2020
In 2017 Toyota sold more than a total of 1.5 million electric vehicles. This means they have reached their 2020 target a whole three years earlier than planned!Weiterlesen
INEES, Mirai, events.
Reading tip: The results of German research project INEES (we reported yesterday) are now available in English. Researchers found that EVs can provide reserve capacity, but that providing an operating reserve using only EVs is not yet economically viable.
Video tip: A shiny chrome version of the Toyota Mirai made its racing debut at Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb in the UK this month. It’s best time on the 0.6-mile course was 44.44 seconds, driving at an average speed of 62.5 mph.
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar
Chargemaster, Mirai, Cape Town, British Columbia, Porterville.
London charges fast: Chargemaster plans to install up to 200 rapid-chargers at public parking spots in London by the end of 2017. The first 30 are said to be operational by mid-March already.
Dutch government goes H2: Ahead of the country taking on the presidency of the European Council, Toyota delivered two of its fuel cell Mirai to the Dutch government. The keys were handed over at an event in The Hague, promoting the development of more hydrogen infrastructure.
Cape Town invites tenders: South Africa’s second biggest city is looking to buy a fleet of 12 metre electric buses and the corresponding infrastructure. The tender for the 50m rand (3m dollar) project is said to kick off in February.
BC to keep funding EVs: British Columbia’s incentive scheme for electric cars is due to run out of money in March, but lawmakers are already looking to extend the programme. The second round had seen 10.6m Canadian dollars earmarked for the purpose and a third phase could look similar.
Porterville looks to electrify: The California city has asked the California Air Resources Board to help with the funding of ten electric buses and ten charging stations. Five of the latter would be overhead chargers. Porterville is hoping to get a 10m dollar grant.
Audi h-tron, VW HyMotion, Prologue, Model X, Begler, Toyota, Kia.
Audi A7 Sportback h-tron quattro: Following yesterday’s announcement, Audi has taken the wraps off its fuel-cell plug-in concept at the LA Auto Show. The Audi A7 h-tron quattro combines a hydrogen-powered electric motor at the front with a hybrid battery and an additional electric motor in the rear. The battery can provide up to 31 miles of range on its own, without relying on hydrogen. When using the fuel-cell system, the h-tron is said to offer a range of 310 miles.
greencarreports.com, worldcarfans.com, carscoops.com
VW HyMotion: Volkswagen has also revealed fuel cell concepts for the Golf and Passat in Los Angeles. The HyMotion system features a fuel cell stack and four hydrogen tanks, which store energy for 310 miles of range. Electricity is sent to an electric motor borrowed from the e-Golf. The concepts are equipped with a Li-ion battery that stores energy recovered through regenerative braking, which is used to help start the fuel cell and for an extra boost of power.
motorauthority.com, autoguide.com, caradvice.com.au
Audi A9 prologue: Audi´s concept ‘Prologue’ gives an idea of the upcoming A8 and A9. It is powered by a V8 4.0 TFSI producing 605 hp and up to 750 Nm of torque. The Prologue features a new 48‑volt subsystem driven by a belt starter generator, which turns the power train into a mild hybrid that has an energy recovery output of up to 12 kW.
Model X details: In an email to Model X reservation holders, Tesla confirmed that its new SUV will come equipped with the AWD of the Model S 85D. Furthermore, the Model X will be the first electric car with towing capability.
Turkish EV to go into production: The ‘Begler’ which was developed by more than 30 scientists from various universities in Turkey will go into serial production, the development company said. By the end of 2016, the EV is said to be offered in two versions. No details on technology or pricing were revealed yet.
deutsch-tuerkische-zeitung.de (in German), trt.net.tr (in Turkish)
Mirai pricing in Europe: Toyota now announced the price for its fuel cell Mirai. In Europe it will start from 78,540 euros (98,555 USD) including VAT with the first Mirais being scheduled for September 2015.
autozeitung.de, green-motors.de (both in German)
Kia Soul EV review: Olivia Gauch gives a mixed review of Kia’s all-electric car. While she totally sees that the edgy Korean EV makes sense, especially in the city, Gauch thinks the ride is a little hard and the price is a little hefty.