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Product Line Set For Massive Overhaul

Honda will kill off the Civic Hybrid and compressed natural gas models at the end of the 2015 model year as part of a massive product overhaul, a top executive said Monday in Detroit.

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Maybe we should just admit that the future is unpredictable, especially the hydrogen economy. Just recently, we've seen Toyota predict the cost of hydrogen will be between $5-and-$7 per kilogram in the future. UC Davis also recently released a report that says hydrogen can be inexpensive in the future, but that likely continued fracking for natural gas will be necessary. But what if it isn't?

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Some automakers want to get serious about bringing hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles to market if a big wall can be climbed – the one that puts the cost of H2 vehicles out of reach for some OEMs and at least $50,000 for others. That number could slide down thanks to researchers from South Korea, Case Western University and University of North Texas who have discovered an inexpensive and easily produced catalyst that could replace pricey platinum, the catalyst for the required oxygen-redu

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The U.S. Fuel Cell Council (USFCC) and the National Hydrogen Association (NHA) will link up to form the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA). The newly formed FCHEA will focus in on accelerating the commercial application of fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies across multiple industries, including the automotive market. By merging two of the nation's leading hydrogen and fuel cell advocacy groups, a single, integrated message can be delivered to industry leaders and stakehold

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Hydrogen bus in Hamburg - Click above to watch video after the jump

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The city of London hopes to have a fleet of zero emission fuel cell-powered taxicabs in service in time for the 2012 summer Olympic games. The first prototype, built by Lotus Engineering with a consortium of other companies, was unveiled yesterday at the city hall.

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The Big Japanese Three automakers are all working on fuel cell vehicles. This is no surprise, especially to anyone who remembers that, between 1998 and 2004, two out of every three fuel cell patent applications were filed by Japanese companies. What might be a surprise is how big the domestic fuel cell market there might be in fifteen years.

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Olympic fuel cell buses – Click above to watch video after the jump

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Suzuki SX4 fuel cell concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL-Hybrid - click above for high-res image gallery

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BMW Hydrogen 7 - click above for high-res image gallery

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Peugeot will be showing off a new demonstration vehicle this week at a hydrogen technology conference in Lyon, France. The research vehicle is based on a 307 CC coupe-convertible and is entirely propelled by electricity. The 307 demonstrator has an extended range electric powertrain, much like the Chevy Volt. However, this one uses a hydrogen fuel cell as the range extender. The car uses a plug-in lithium ion battery pack from Johnson Controls-Saft but Peugeot has not stated what the plug-in ran

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Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL-Hybrid - click above for high-res image gallery

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Toyota, Nissan and Honda all participated in a fuel cell demonstration run in Japan last week. The three automakers brought their most advanced hydrogen fuel cell vehicles out for the two-day trip from Tokyo to Fukuoka with an overnight stop in Osaka. The driving teams piloted a Honda FCX Clarity, a Nissan X-Trail FCV and a Toyota Highlander FCHV-adv. Back in 2007, a Toyota FCHV traveled from Osaka to Tokyo on one tank of H2.

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General Motors fuel cell comparsion - click above to enlarge

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Over two years ago, we first learned the British Columbia Transit was planning to acquire 20 fuel cell-powered buses for use in the Whistler area ahead of the 2010 Winter Olympics. The first of those buses was recently delivered to the transit company with the rest arriving over the coming weeks and months. The 20 bus-fleet will be the single largest deployment of hydrogen-fueled buses in the world. The buses are built on chassis supplied by ISE Corporation and use fuel cell stacks supplied by B

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Audi e-tron concept -- Click above for high-res image gallery

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Honda FCX Clarity - Click above for high-res image gallery

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