Paul Elio, CEO of Elio Motors, gave a talk at TEDxDetroit about his car and innovations in transportation. He spoke about how affordable, efficient vehicles could be a way out of poverty for some people, and could significantly reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Elio predicts he will employ about 1,500 workers at the production facility, another 1,500 at the supply base and in sales and services, and that his company will be responsible for the indirect creation or sustenance of 18,000 jobs throughout the country. Elio says other innovative entrepreneurs could also make an impact if they had the funding. "There are thousands of entrepreneurs out there with great ideas who can make positive changes in the world. They just need better mechanisms for obtaining funding," Elio says. "We believe equity crowdfunding will be an important financing tool for years to come." Read more in the press release from Elio Motors.

ClipperCreek has announced its low-cost charging pedestal, the ProMountDuo. At $434, ClipperCreek calls the ProMountDuo "the most affordable pedestal mounting solution on the market." Capable of single or dual station mounting, it can be paired with a combination of ClipperCreek ACS, HCS and LCS chargers. "Once the customer has invested in the installation of the pedestal for one station, adding the second station will be very cost effective," says ClipperCreek Sales Manager Will Barrett. He continues, "Many businesses choose to have a mix of lower and higher power charging stations to match vehicle needs and maximize the number of charging spaces available while staying within their electrical infrastructure limitations." Read more in the press release from ClipperCreek.

H2 Mobility Deutschland is a joint venture among six partners to create hydrogen fueling infrastructure across Germany. Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell, and Total will work together to expand the country's hydrogen infrastructure to 400 stations by 2023. A planned investment of €400 million (about $455 million) will provide the world's first inter-regional network of hydrogen fueling stations. "E-mobility must be emotional and shall arouse passion for the drive of the future," says German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt. "Electric vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells offer the best conditions: You have a long range and can refuel in some minutes. For the market ramp-up of this technology, we now need a comprehensive network of fueling stations for hydrogen. Therefore, I welcome the plans of H2 MOBILITY to build up 400 hydrogen fueling stations in Germany by 2023." Read more at Green Car Congress, or in the press release below.

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Filling up with hydrogen will be possible Germany-wide in future

• H2 MOBILITY Deutschland becomes operative as a joint venture between six industrial partners
• Go-ahead for staged expansion of H2 filling stations in Germany
• Germany on the way to having the world's first inter-regional H2 supply network
• Federal Minister of Transport Dobrindt gives prospect of further support

Six industrial companies - Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and Total - have formed a cross-sector joint venture, H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG. The creation of the limited partnership paves the way for a staged expansion of hydrogen (H2) filling stations across Germany, which will bring the total to around 400 by 2023. The Berlin-based company has started operations and is working intensively in preparation for Stage One of the joint action plan. This envisages the accelerated set-up of 100 filling stations over the next few years. Senior representatives of the H2 MOBILITY venture partners met today at launch talks held with Federal Minister of Transport Alexander Dobrindt and discussed the next steps. The industry and government partners have reinforced their commitment by signing a memorandum of understanding on hydrogen filling stations for Germany.

Federal Minister Dobrindt: "E-mobility must be emotional and shall arouse passion for the drive of the future. Electric vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells offer the best conditions: You have a long range and can refuel in some minutes. For the market ramp-up of this technology, we now need a comprehensive network of fueling stations for hydrogen. Therefore, I welcome the plans of H2 MOBILITY to build up 400 hydrogen fueling stations in Germany by 2023."

The H2 MOBILITY action plan envisages a Germany-wide network of H2 stations by 2023, which would make Germany the first country to offer an inter-regional network where fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs) can fill up with hydrogen. Therefore investments of around EUR 400 million in total are planned.

As the industrial key player in the expansion of H2 infrastructure in Germany, H2 MOBILITY and its Managing Director, Frank Sreball, are responsible for building and operating a Germany-wide H2 filling station network. The joint venture also forms an integral part of the research project for the further development of hydrogen-powered mobility. H2 MOBILITY is an international leader and has the potential to lend impetus to other countries as they expand their hydrogen infrastructure. For example, the company is a member of the recently formed "Hydrogen Mobility Europe" network.

The joint venture partners have many years of experience in the fields of electric mobility powered by fuel cells, refueling technology and infrastructure build-up. The industrial partners have recently made significant progress on standardization issues as well.

The first automotive manufacturers already have FCEVs in production for the German market. Others are to follow.

The declared aim of the Federal Government is to make Germany the leading market for sustainable mobility solutions and efficient technology. Electric mobility with fuel cell-powered vehicles will help to cut CO2 emissions significantly - especially when using hydrogen from renewable energy sources, as FCEVs drive locally emission free. NOW GmbH, the National Organization for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology, is monitoring the achievement of this goal closely. The NOW is responsible for the coordination of the programs under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure to promote battery and fuel cell-powered mobility.

Numerous associated partners support the activities of the H2 Mobility. Via the H2 Mobility advisory, car manufacturers BMW, Volkswagen, Honda and Toyota, as well as the technology company Intelligent Energy are involved in the joint venture.

The H2 Mobility is also in close partnership with the Clean Energy Partnership* (CEP), the largest hydrogen mobility project in Europe.

*CEP members: Air Liquide, BMW, Daimler, EnBW, Ford, GM/Opel, Hamburger Hochbahn, Honda, Hyundai, Linde, Shell, Siemens, Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen SSB, Total, Toyota, OMV, Volkswagen and Westfalen Group

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