Honda is going to launch a hydrogen-powered production vehicle (its second, really) next year, but the all-important H2 infrastructure question hasn't been fully answered yet. One possible solution is being tested over in the United Kingdom, where Honda is turning solar energy and water into hydrogen at its Swindon plant. SHD Logistics says the plant is the UK's "first commercial-scale hydrogen production and refuelling facility powered by solar energy."
We've been reporting on British Columbia-based Ballard Power Systems ever since AutoblogGreen got started, but the company hasn't been a big player in our pages for a while since it was focusing more on stationary power and larger vehicles. Turns out, shifting attention to slower, hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicles should justify the company's rapid share-price growth
In the "you take your victories where you can" department, electric-vehicle advocates and environmentalists alike can rejoice in the fact that even electric forklift sales are on the way up. Annual sales of electric forklifts in North America will exceed $500 million by 2020, up from about $100 million this year, according to a study by Navigant (formerly Pike) Research.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will invest as much as $10 million in the development of battery-electric trucks, forklifts and other cargo vehicles in a further attempt to cut petroleum use by the domestic transportation industry.
According to a report from Pike Research, more than 5,200 hydrogen fueling stations will be operational worldwide by 2020, up from just 200 stations in 2010. The research firm forecasts that, by the end of 2020, annual investments in hydrogen stations will soar to $1.6 billion, with ten-year (2010 to 2020) investments hitting $8.4 billion globally.
DIY to the max is one great way to describe the Voltzilla homemade electric motorcycle you see in the picture above. The Voltzilla (also called the ForkenCycle) is the creation of Russ Gries, who was able to score a free (if old) battery-powered forklift from his work and then bought (for $50) a 1976 Honda CB550. Our friend Darin interviewed Gries over at Ecomodder. Gries says that while he "loves to tinker," gas engines are not his friend. Working on the EV motorcyce was a lot more fun. Plus, s
We have got news from two companies going a step ahead the use of lead-acid batteries in forklifts, at least towards the promotion of fuel cells. In one hand, there's GrafTech International, Ltd, which President Bush recently visited, in the other LiftOne and Engineered Solutions. Both companies have introduced fuel cell powered forklifts.
We have brought you news of cars made from electric forklifts and hydrogen fuel cell powered forklifts... and now we would like to present: human-powered forklifts! Yep, that's right, these forklifts were designed to use simple gearing to increase the capabilities of the human body in order to lift and move objects around a warehouse or the like. This certainly beats humming the mantra "lift with your legs, not with your back" and carrying heavy packages around with nothing more than a pair of w
Mind those parking signs, folks. If you don't, you never know what might happen. In Sydney, a woman watching her brother's Maserati coupe while he's on vacation parked it in front of a construction site, blocking off an area workers needed access to. An ambitious member of the group climbed into a forklift and decided to use it to lift and move the car down the street to where it wouldn't be in the way.