Aston Martin has raced the world’s first hydrogen-powered race car in an FIA-sanctioned event, completing the first race-pace zero-emissions lap of the Nürburgring in the process with technology that could feasibly be adapted to its road cars in the future. The Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S competed in the Nürburgring 24 Hours at the weekend, where it completed laps on hydrogen power alone both in qualifying and at the front of its class at times during the rain and fog-affected event. The project was born one year ago when Aston Martin was approached by its technology partner, Alset Global, an advanced powertrain specialist that wanted to showcase its ability to adapt petrol engines to run on hydrogen. Aston was keen, but rather than limit it to a road car demonstrator, the decision was taken to put it in a racer “to find out the limits and boundaries of the technology by racing it”, Aston’s special projects and motorsport director, … [Read more...] about Hydrogen-powered Aston Martin – the story behind the racer
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Audi could race a hydrogen-powered Le Mans car in the future, Autocar has learned - although the project is dependent on the technology edging closer to reality for production cars than is currently the case. The confirmation that a hydrogen-powered Le Mans racer “could be possible” by Audi’s head of technical development, Stefan Knirsch, is the first hint of the project, and could pitch the firm against BMW at the famous Le Mans 24 Hour race, as both firms vie to establish credentials for leadership in hydrogen technology. “If we wanted to demonstrate our capabilities that way we could do it,” said Knirsch. “But the first thing is that we must be certain that it has a production future. We don’t like to show things that are not leading to a production reality, and at the moment the lack of infrastructure leaves that uncertain.” Audi’s continued participation in sports car racing and at Le Mans has been in question for several … [Read more...] about Audi could race hydrogen-powered race car at Le Mans
South Korean manufacturer Hyundai is planning to launch is first electric vehicle (EV) in the market by 2016. The company which has been concentrating on hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles as the next generation choice of propulsion wants to tap into the hidden potential of the electric vehicle segment with its product, which has seen new products like the BMW i8 and the Nissan Leaf, get a positive response. Hyundai confirmed the development at the Korean launch of its sister company Kia Motors’ Soul compact electric vehicle. Kia has been concentrating on battery powered vehicles, while Hyundai has had an inclination towards hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles due to the stricter emission regulations in developed markets like the US. Hyundai could borrow the technology from Kia to implement the same in its range of electric vehicles in the future. The Kia Soul EV is powered by an electric motor producing 81 KW (108.5 HP), with the power going to the front wheels and uses 27 kWh lithium-ion … [Read more...] about Hyundai To Launch Its First Battery Powered Electric Car By 2016
Well that was quick. After the Honda Clarity gave Jamie Lee Curtis' bologna a first name (O-S-C-A-R), some members of the mainstream media have cottoned-on to the fact that hydrogen has to come from somewhere. The UK's Independent newspaper thoroughly slams Honda and its sexy fuel cell car. "Is Honda's technologically dazzling hydrogen programme the long-term solution to CO2 pollution?" scribe Michael Booth asks. "Yes and no," he answers. "Mainly no. Almost entirely no, if you ask people who know." Booth argues that the fuel's a waste a time as it's created with conventional energy. The process merely shifts the site of pollution; it's like breaking wind and blaming the dog. Booth also notes that hydrogen fueling stations are notable by their absence. "Right now there is just one hydrogen station in the UK. Even Japan has only 12." Alas, Booth concludes by saying that electric cars should be our high tech future– and that's where his own arguments do him a disservice. … [Read more...] about “Honda’s hydrogen-powered FCX Clarity is less green than its publicity claims”
“The electric things have their life too. Paltry as those lives are.”Phillip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?At the High School I attended, progress reports were never a good thing. Halfway through each term, students who were averaging a D or lower would receive a print-out of their grade accompanied by a line from the teacher explaining how the miscreant in question was failing to live up to expectations. True to form, the White House’s just-released “One Year Progress Report” [PDF] on President Obama’s “Blueprint For A Secure Energy Agenda” includes some devastating evidence of abject failure. But unlike my post-progress report conversations with the parental stakeholders, Obama has a lot more to explain to voters than a simple “insufficient homework turned in.”Just over a year ago, in his 2011 State Of The Union, President Obama unveiled plan to stimulate “One Million Electric Vehicles By … [Read more...] about Blind Spot: Obama No Longer Dreams Of Electric Cars
A few days ago, we wrote that “EVs run out of juice.” When we did that, we referred to collapsing sales in January only. Now Reuters says: “Are electric cars running out of juice again?” Reuters means it in a bigger way. Like forever.In a long article, written by its best brains, Reuters writes that electric cars are “still is not ready for prime time – and may never be. In the meantime, the attention of automotive executives in Asia, Europe and North America is beginning to swing toward an unusual but promising new alternate power source: hydrogen.”Both lovers and haters of electric cars should read the article, written by Reuters’ best automotive reporters around the world, Norihiko Shirouzu, Yoko Kubota, Paul Lienert, Deepa Seetharaman, Bernie Woodall, and their Pulitzer-Prize winning boss Paul Ingrassia.Executive summary:Consumers continue to show little interest in electric vehicles.EVs continue to be plagued … [Read more...] about Reuters Kills The Electric Car. Again
A key incentive spurring sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids, the $7500 federal EV tax credit, is on the chopping block as part of a sweeping tax-reform proposal being tackled by Congress. And the timing couldn’t be much worse for automakers ramping up the development of electric vehicles as they clamber for a market foothold in the nine ZEV mandate states that have adopted California’s requirement to sell plug-in vehicles. The news has been jarring to an industry that has been dependent on the tax credit to make electric vehicles cost competitive with—or closer in value to—gasoline-powered vehicles. Manufacturers are particularly eager to sell EVs because starting in 2018, a certain percentage of sales—not just in the Golden State but in Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont—must be electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, and/or hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. … [Read more...] about Will the Republican Plan to Zap the EV Tax Credit Kill Electric Cars?
BMW’s hydrogen strategy is starting to take shape. The company has been working on hydrogen-powered cars since 1984, but for a long time the focus remained on the internal-combustion engine. The efforts, first shown in a 7-series in the mid-1980s, culminated in 2006 in the V-12–powered Hydrogen 7. Now the company has switched to a different tack.While those early vehicles were fun to drive, they suffered from the inefficiencies of super-cooling the liquefied hydrogen, and the hydrogen vaporizing in storage. Around the turn of the century, BMW began to research the hydrogen-powered, fuel-cell electric vehicle as an alternative to the hydrogen-powered combustion engine. The result of that research is the matte-black, two-seat sports car you see here, which bears more than a passing resemblance to the i8.Built atop an early prototype architecture of the i8 plug-in hybrid, this “eDrive Hydrogen Fuel Cell Prototype” is powered by a completely electric, 272-hp … [Read more...] about A Sneak Peek at BMW’s Hydrogen-Powered Future
Is 80 miles of driving range enough for an electric car in 2017? Honda seems to think so with its upcoming Clarity Electric, the battery-powered version of its green Honda Clarity lineup, which also consists of a plug-in hybrid and a fuel-cell model. But for its EV, Honda is going against the current thinking in which more range is almost universally seen as better.Although there may be a very small group of EV enthusiasts who’d rather not haul around more batteries than they need, Honda is bound to encounter some pushback with this approach. Five years ago, several automakers launched EVs that delivered about the same amount of range. This was posited as sufficient for a driver who plugs in every night, given that the average U.S. daily driving commute is approximately 30 miles. But the automakers found themselves on the defensive against what was termed range anxiety—the worry that drivers experience over possibly running out of charge before getting to their … [Read more...] about Waiting for Clarity: Is an 80-Mile Range Enough for Honda’s Electric Car?
The United States and Canada don’t have much of a hydrogen fueling infrastructure to speak of, but Japanese automakers continue sending fuel cell vehicles across the ocean anyway. Vehicles like the Honda Clarity and Toyota Mirai have been touted as the environmental saviors of tomorrow but, with the exception of California, there really isn’t a place for them in the North America of today. So why do Japanese manufactures continue to bother with hydrogen?The main reason is because Japan has bought into a future that America doesn’t seem interested in. With three of its automakers already producing fuel cell cars, the government as adopted a fairly aggressive plan to adopt hydrogen for homes, business, and cars by 2030 — meaning the U.S. probably won’t see these vehicles vanish anytime soon. Japan’s plan calls for a nationwide hydrogen distribution system so expansive that it would eventually reduce vehicle and fuel prices to a … [Read more...] about Here’s Why Japanese Automakers Keep Sending Hydrogen-powered Cars to North America