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Toyota, Nissan, Honda for H2 Fueling

February 12, 2015 in Companies, fuel cells, Hydrogen, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Three Automakers Join Forces for Hydrogen Infrastructure in Japan

Toyota, Nissan and Honda “have agreed to work together to help accelerate the development of hydrogen station infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles,” Toyota said today, citing the Japanese government’s Strategic Road Map for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells formulated in June 2014.

Toyota to Test SiC Power Units

January 30, 2015 in Electric Drive, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Street Trials in Japan on a Camry Hybrid and Fuel Cell Bus

Toyota says it will test silicon carbide power semiconductors on a Camry hybrid prototype and a fuel cell bus in Japan this year, hoping that the SiC technology will lead to “significant efficiency improvements in hybrids and other vehicles with electric powertrains.”

Toyota ‘Opens the Door’ to Hydrogen

January 6, 2015 in Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Royalty-Free Use of Approximately 5,680 Fuel Cell Related Patents’

Toyota says that it’s “opening the door to the hydrogen future” – making available thousands of hydrogen fuel cell patents royalty-free. “This Toyota initiative will spur development and introduction of innovative fuel cell technologies around the world,” the automaker said this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

California Hydrogen: New Momentum

August 5, 2014 in Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New OEM Vehicles as State Backs Fueling Infrastructure:
Fuel Cell ZEVs Will Offer Better Range and Faster Fueling,
California Needs Both Types to Meet Its Long-Range Goals

Behind-the-scenes work appears to have paid off as vehicle manufacturers are readying a new generation of hydrogen vehicles – and the state of California is putting serious money into a planned fueling infrastructure. It’s all with the goal having fuel cells take their place beside batteries as California targets 1.5 million zero emission vehicles by 2025.

70 Toyota Car-Share EVs in Grenoble

July 2, 2014 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Infrastructure, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ambitious Multi-Modal Program Includes Two EV Models

Toyota is talking up a complex and ambitious plan to improve urban transport, cutting the costs and hassles and time consumed by commuting by tying together mass transit and shared electric vehicles.

A Bit of Hydrogen History at ACT Expo

May 27, 2014 in ACT Expo 2014, fuel cells, Hydrogen, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Toyota’s Display of Fuel Cell Car Was Only the Third in North America

Toyota’s display of its new hydrogen fuel cell concept vehicle at ACT Expo 2014 early this month was only the third public appearance for the vehicle in North America.

California & Toyota Invest in H2 Fueling

May 2, 2014 in Hydrogen, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

State Awards $46.6 Million to Eight for Hydrogen Infrastructure,
Toyota Puts Reported $7.2 Million into Big Winner FirstElement

The California Energy Commission said this week that it will invest $46.6 million in public access hydrogen fueling stations “to promote a consumer market for zero-emission fuel cell vehicles.” Toyota said it’s collaborating with Newport Beach, Calif.-based FirstElement Fuel, by far the largest designated recipient of CEC funding – nearly $27.6 million for 19 hydrogen fueling outlets, two of them to be based wholly on renewables.


Toyota to Test Wireless Charging

February 17, 2014 in EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

One-Year Test of Three Vehicles in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture

Generating lots of headlines to the effect that it wants to unplug the electric vehicle, Toyota says it will begin testing a magnetic resonance wireless charging system on three plug-in hybrid vehicles in homes in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture later this month.

Toyota Looks to New, Better Hybrids

September 3, 2013 in Companies, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Issues Challenge to Industry for Five Million in U.S. by End 2016

Toyota, which took the hybrid vehicle mainstream by launching its vaunted Prius more than a decade ago, has proclaimed a “new era” for hybrids as it vowed to expand its global hybrid vehicle presence. The firm has detailed plans for a new hybrid drive, including both better batteries and more efficient engines.

Toyota Hybrids Pass 5 Million Mark

April 27, 2013 in Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Sales in the U.S. Accounted for Nearly 2 Million Units

Toyota is celebrating sales of 5 million hybrid vehicles worldwide, and says that nearly 2 million – 1,951,243 – of them have been Toyota and Lexus models sold in the United States.

Toyota Brings the Scion iQEV

October 17, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Automaker Hosts Seminar to Explain California ZEV Requirements,
Details Plans for 90 New Scion iQ EV Battery Cars for Campus Trials

Major automakers face increasing requirements to field zero-emission vehicles in California and the states that follow California’s lead. And the new ZEV minimums are coming at a time when early enthusiasm for today’s electric vehicles is a showing signs of flagging due to high prices and the waning of initial enthusiasm and novelty.

Toyota Tops Four Million Hybrids

May 24, 2012 in Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Toyota Motor Corp said in Japan that its global hybrid vehicle sales topped four million units through April of this year.

Of those, 1.5 million hybrids have been sold in the U.S.

Toyota said that it currently sells 18 hybrid passenger vehicles in 80 countries and regions around the world, and that so far this year, hybrids have accounted for 15% of global sales.

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