Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes and Toyota, the comeback of hydrogen.

If you’re ready to move on to the greener pastures of fuel cell technology, geography is the single biggest factor limiting your ability to drive a hydrogen-powered vehicle. Although no fuel-cell vehicles are available for sale at this time, a handful of auto manufacturers have opened their hydrogen-testing programs to the public. But it’s not an open-door policy; you have to qualify.

It is well known, great minds think alike. But we’ve still been surprised to see such mimicry in the presentation in 4 different brands as Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes and Toyota. What attracted her 4 manufacturers, that reasoning, a finding that the battery-electric propulsion is adequate for small urban cars, but electric propulsion with fuel cells is much more appropriate, even essential, for the larger cars, for family use, for which we expect more performance and autonomy

It was at the Geneva Motor Show. Honda Jazz exposed his power, and required its FCX Clarity. At Hyundai, there was an electric version of the I10, and a version of hydrogen Ix35. Mercedes, was a Class A electric batteries, was a Class B electric fuel cell. Toyota finally, the small Iq was electric, while the main FCHV-adv was hydrogen. Our illustrations are in order. So why, why hydrogen rather than batteries, for four reasons. The first 2 are the performance and autonomy, and superiority of the hydrogen is indisputable.

Car makers typically partner with universities, commercial fleets, or government agencies to get feedback on their technology platforms while working out the bugs. These organizations often have access to private hydrogen gas refueling stations, and can provide rigorous testing by racking up serious mileage in a short period of time. However, Honda, Mercedes, and GM are also letting average consumers test their products in the real world before they go to market. But before you raise your hand to sign up for these prototype vehicles, keep in mind that you may not be geographically desirable.

Honda FCX Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle
Honda has been leasing its FCX Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle since 2008, and so far has handed over the keys of these hydrogen-powered cars to 26 customers in California. Drivers pay $600 per month to lease the four-seater from Honda, with all maintenance and hydrogen gas included. There’s also no mileage restriction, which means you can drive the FCX Clarity as far and as often as you want–so long as you’re within access to a hydrogen-refueling station.

The FCX Clarity has an approximate 240-mile driving range, and the 135-horsepowerr car has a top speed of 100 mph. Customers interested in leasing the fuel-cell vehicle can sign up for updates on Honda’s Web site. Although the manufacturer has closed its first round of vehicle leases, Honda plans to release a significant number of FCXs in its next fiscal year. Proximity to several fueling stations (and at least one that is open 24 hours) plays a significant role in determining how Honda selects its program participants. For the moment, that limits applicants to Torrance, Santa Monica, and Irvine, California.

Mercedes B-Class F-CELL
Mercedes delivered its first hydrogen-powered B-Class F-Cell to a customer in Southern California this year, and since then has handed over the keys to 14 additional F-Cells. The 136-horsepower F-Cell has a top speed of 106 mph and delivers an estimated range of 190-240 miles, depending on which fuel cycle test you’re using. Customers lease the four-seater directly from Mercedes, paying $850 per month for a two-year lease–a steep price. But on the upside, all maintenance and hydrogen fuel is included in the lease. With gasoline prices rising, the free compressed hydrogen gas makes the F-Cell seem lightly less outrageously priced. The carmaker is accepting applications on its Web site from drivers wishing to fill one of the remaining 55 spots in its hydrogen test program. However, applicants need to live in the Los Angeles or San Francisco Bay Area to qualify.

Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell
After wrapping up Project Driveway last year with more than 2,000,000 miles collectively clocked during the three year program, GM will launch the next stage of its fuel cell vehicle-testing program in Hawaii. GM will be working with government agencies and corporate fleets to put the Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell through the paces for more intense testing of its technology platform (think postal-delivery services and taxis). But the carmaker also plans on to let take the fuel cell vehicles for a spin. GM has never formally leased its fuel cell vehicles to customers, preferring to loan its fuel cell SUVs for periods of a few days, weeks, or months. It will be conducting the similar short-term test-drives throughout Hawaii, and the Web site promoting the new program should launch in the next three months. The best part of GM’s program is that it’s free–if you qualify.

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This post was written by admin on March 26, 2011

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2009 Shanghai Auto Show: Toyota FCHV-adv Concept

Toyota FCHV-adv (Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle-advanced) is a use of  “Toyota FC Stack” high-performance fuel cell hybrid five-seater and with our understanding of high-performance fuel cell R&D is to improve the energy efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide and other gases from air pollution.

Toyota FCHV-adv Concept

Toyota FCHV-adv fuel efficiency by 25%, and in order to improve the performance of life vehicles, Toyota has also developed the high-pressure hydrogen storage 70Mpa, to life after hydrogen charging from the extension of 2 times, and reached about 830 km alarming level. In addition, Toyota is also very cold, especially in low-temperature environment to test the performance of the FCHV-adv, and the Toyota data also showed that even at 30 ℃ environment, FCHV-adv can start and normal running . Cold zone, but also ensure that the vehicles start with the normal traffic.

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This post was written by admin on April 23, 2009

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Range and cost information of fuel cells (FC EXPO 2009)

An important issue for fuel cell vehicle at the moment, “range”, “sub-zero start”, “FC improving the durability of the stack” and “cost reduction” in the fourth.The range is as was mentioned earlier, on par with gasoline vehicles already achieved more than 500km. Loss and loss of electrical energy and heat loss of the inverter stack 15 percent reduction by increasing the amount of regenerative energy of the vehicle, model year 2005 about 25 percent more fuel economy improvement. The addition of hydrogen filling pressure from 35MPa and 70MPa, about the amount of hydrogen can be used to expand the volume of the 1.9-fold improvement.

“Between 2008 – Tokyo, Osaka (560km), was able to finish filling in the actual use conditions and no air conditioning. After the fuel has been left to finish, and later were able to estimate the road about 250km I “(Mr. Masuda)

“Starting below zero” for the problem is almost solved. The fuel cells produce energy to produce water with Originally, the system starts to freeze it in below freezing water was a major challenge. The supercooled state of water – the frozen state before solidification of water – sustainable technology, and the matter settled. Today, Toyota and other manufacturers, minus minus 25 ℃ and 30 ℃ of the system can start. “We went to the testing of the Canadian Arctic. Minus 30 ℃ following morning, it was minus 25 ℃ day following a cold place, I could start without any problems no” (Mr. Masuda)

“FC Stack Durability improvement” in reducing the degradation by chemical and physical endurance has improved steadily. The current challenge is to curb further deterioration catalyst and electrode.

The challenge is the most popular, and “cost reduction”.

Of the possible measures, the larger two. First, in the field of design, and simplification of the FC system to smaller and lighter stack. Then, in the materials sector, in cooperation with materials manufacturers, FCHV promote low-cost construction material of the car. This ultimately cost Mr. Masuda’s tenth goal of the talks. Particular challenges, FC, and reduce the amount of platinum and other precious metals used in the stack, both increasing efficiency and compact, complete with cheap how to enable the high-pressure carbon fiber tanks to take a driving range.

And resolve issues, and Masuda 2015, aims to spread to the general public will begin to speak, concluded as follows.

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This post was written by admin on March 12, 2009

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FC EXPO 2009: 5th International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Expo

Exhibitions organized by hydrogen fuel cells and batteries lead Japan Exhibition “FC EXPO 2009: 5th International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Expo”, in Ariake, Tokyo, “Tokyo Big Sight” by February 25 to 27 to be held that. Car Watch, and the introduction of hydrogen fuel cell vehicle technology has been exhibited at the exhibition.

Project implemented by the Ministry of Economy “JHFC (Japan Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Demonstration Project: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Demonstration Project)” in the booth, and on empirical research and empirical studies of the hydrogen station and fuel cell vehicles have the same project implementation of the exhibition. Honda “FCX CLARITY” and Toyota “FCHV-adv”, General Motors Asia Pacific Japan “Equinox Chevrolet Fuel Cell” is displayed, such as fuel cell vehicles.

In addition, Nissan’s “X-TRAIL FCV” and newly developed fuel cell stack is mounted on, techno-hydrogen dispenser Tokico Ltd., Central District and the metropolitan area, and the introduction of hydrogen stations were established in the region that. The FCHV-adv at Tokyo Big Sight and the X-TRAIL FCV, the Honda “FCX”, Japan’s Mercedes-Benz “F-Cell” and the implementation of fuel cell vehicles and test drive. Fuel cell buses developed by Hino Motors and Toyota “FCHV-BUS” and ride is located near the Place “JHFC Ariake hydrogen station,” it also can visit and tour.


Nissan X-TRAIL FCV fuel cell stack and Tokico Ltd. Techno Hydrogen dispenser Tokico Ltd. Techno Hydrogen dispenser Test cars Nissan X-Trail FCV fuel cell

Yamaha FC-Dii, Direct Methanol Fuel Cell system (DMFC) with atwo-wheeler. DMFC system is the highest level of efficiency and 32% have been achieved. Aqueous methanol fuel is used, combined with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and desorption. 1kW level with other small-cell stack developed by Yamaha with a high power density, a moped is also possible that the road to get the number as a species. Yamaha FC-Dii Yamaha FC-Dii

By the Ministry of Science and Technology Pavilion at the Swiss Embassy, Switzerland, fuel cell vehicles “PAC-Car II” are on display. Exhibition abroad that the first time.

PAC-Car II, fuel cell car project students from the Technical University of Zurich Switzerland. Held in 2005, “Shell Eco-Marathon”, the equivalent petrol 5385km/L to achieve fuel efficiency, combustion efficiency, set a world record. This record also does not say that now breached.

1L fuel cartridge 2 is labeled about 11 hydrogen-compressed using a 2g with a crowbar, which is equivalent to gasoline 8ml. 12V, maximum output of 900W and a fuel cell system with power supply, a maximum speed of 32km/h. Rear-wheel drive is powered by two DC motors, low-power when the power from the motors can be divided into one or both. The body is carbon fiber material used, shape of body weight is 10kg, and 29kg in total is. In addition, he said that improving the fuel efficiency of the wheel and use a fiber optic communication in the electronic control. PAC-Car II PAC-Car II PAC-Car II PAC-Car II

Horizon Fuel Cell Japan, sales based assisted bicycle “HMX” was exhibited. Driven by hydrogen, with a filling of times they can travel 300km and speed of road in the 25Km/h. Reference price is 4,600 dollars. For these products, but always clinging to the question of how to supply the fuel, so I’m thinking about developing a system that can be filled with hydrogen at home. If hydrogen can be generated by electrolysis of water.



More info: FC EXPO 2009 5th International Exhibition of hydrogen fuel cells

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This post was written by admin on March 3, 2009

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What is the most eco-technology?

In addition, Toyota’s fuel cell hybrid car “FCHV-adv” and hybrid vehicles, “the Lexus LS600h”, Nissan’s fuel cell vehicle “X-TRAIL FCV” and, “X-TRAIL 20GT clean diesel”, Honda “CIVIC Hybrid” has been on display.
Other major sources of the vehicle’s exhibition of the following:

Name Maker Energy Output Charging time Range Commercial
FCHV-adv Toyota Motor Hydrogen fuel cells + motors 90kW 830km 830.000$ per month lease
HV plug-in Prius Toyota Motor Motor gasoline engine + 56kW (engine) +50 kW (motor) 200V for about 1 ~ 1.5H EV 13km run At the end of 2009, the U.S. and Europe for lithium-ion powered model will be introduced in limited fleet users
Lexus LS600h Toyota Motor Motor gasoline engine + 290kW (engine) +165 kW (motor) 1024.8km 96.000$ in the market
X-TRAIL FCV Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Hydrogen fuel cells + motors 90kW (motor) 500km 830.000$ per month lease
Clean diesel X-TRAIL 20GT (MT) Nissan Motor Co.

diesel engine

127kW (engine)


97$ and 29.603 in commercial
CIVIC Hybrid

Motor gasoline engine


69kW (engine) +15 kW (motor)


2,25$ to 9,000 in the 10,000 in the market
RX-8 Hydrogen RE


hydrogen / gasoline engine

80kW (hydrogen) / 154kW (gasoline)

100km (hydrogen) +549 km (gasoline)

415.000$ per month lease


Mitsubishi Motors

Electric motor

47kW (motor)

100V/15A about 14 hours


into the market after 2009


electric motor

40kW (motor)

8 hours in 100V/15A


Stella concept of development migrate to the plug-in

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This post was written by admin on October 17, 2008

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