Toyota’s Prius EV-Refresh, hydrogen fuel cell Batteries on tap for 2015 – Newsday

Toyota’s Prius EV

Toyota's Prius EV

Toyota’s Prius EV in Belgium

Newsday Toyota’s Prius EV refresh, hydrogen fuel cell car on tap for 2015 Newsday The next Prius, which is expected in 2015, will include improved batteries and smaller, more powerful electric motors, and will be built on the company’s new global…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

This is great news about the Toyota’s Prius EV Hydrogen Batteries

This news is good news for the many motoring fans.Thus, who think that the future should be a mix of technologies. In the World of cars. The past twenty years alone we have seen many new developments. Of course, In the battery World.

Apart from modifying the ever present free flow lead acid batteries. So we have seen the new battery types such as AGM and GEL batteries cropping up to serve as back up batteries. Hence, for many industries such as computer back up systems and even for the early computers that we all used. All this new technology was introduced along with need for progress and the appetite from consumers and industry for better and faster electrical equipment.

Toyota's Prius EV

Toyota’s Prius EV

Toyota’s Prius EV

This development has never stopped. Of late we have developed many new types of batteries. As a result, that were funded by Governments and large corporations. So, to satisfy the need of the ever expanding electrical and engineering projects. Whether they were large or small.

The next generation of batteries was to be known as the NiMH, Nickel metal hydride batteries. Mainly for use the ever expanding miniaturization of personnel computers. These were followed by the invention of the Lithium- Ion batteries . Invented in the 1990’s for use on the Stealth aircraft in the USA. Also used in the space program by NASA, the American space agency.

The latest surge in Toyota’s Prius EV development. Came when there was an urgent need to save the Earth from greenhouse gases. The main culprit is pollution from fossil fuel driven cars. So the Governments of the World. Have got together and agreed that emissions had to be reduced. This caused a frantic rush. Thus, for the car makers to come up with an alternative fuel supply. Hence, to gasoline products. Of course, the answer would be the electric car. At first car makers came up with the Lithium-Ion batteries and are still developing today.

Toyota’s Prius EV Looking for alternatives

However because these cars will not travel far. Before the batteries require re-charging. Scientists are trying to come up with an alternative. One of the companies to do this is Toyota’s Prius EV from Japan. This new type of Toyota’s Prius EV battery is called the Hydrogen-cell battery and in my opinion will be the winner of this technology race in the future.

The car. Toyota’s Prius EV is expected to be coming onto the market as early as 2015. Already gas stations are been prepared by adding Hydrogen pumps on their forecourts. In my opinion, yet another step forward.

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American DOE-Funds more hydrogen fuel cell research with $4.5m investment – Autoblog (blog)

American DOE,hydrogen green cars

American DOE puts more money into research.

Green cars-American DOE funds more hydrogen fuel cell research with $4.5m investment

Autoblog (blog)

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is continuing to show support for next-gen fuel cell systems.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Green cars-Hydrogen cells the way forward

This form of green fuel (hydrogen) is in my opinion the way forward into the world without fossil fuels, to run our vehicles on.

American DOE

American DOE funding more Hydrogen fuel cell technology

The American DOE are providing $4.5 million investment into this new technology, and Universities are now starting to come up with new methods of splitting water, See my recent post…https://www.pellonautocentre.com/?p=7009

The American DOE are particularly keen to invest in this new technology, hydrogen Fuel Cell Energy.

Here in the UK we are starting to set up Hydrogen pumps in London and the scheme is expected to roll out across the UK the following year, with two of the major petrol retailer supermarkets taking part by adding Hydrogen fuel cell on to their forecourts, a huge step forward. it will be a race between the Lithium-Ion battery driven cars and the Hydrogen Fuel Cell driven cars.

I am still waiting for the information about what will be driving our trucks in the future, these are the real “gas gusslers” ?

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Hydrogen Fuel cells-GREEN DRIVING- Hydrogen Cars Look Better for the FUTURE

 

Hydrogen Fuel cells cars could be here sooner than you think ?

Hydrogen Fuel cells

Hydrogen Fuel cells

Plans are already being set out to build a network of Hydrogen Fuel Cells filling stations. These filling stations will start out across London and then across the whole of the UK. In my opinion this will be great news and these cars will be sold as an alternative to the Lithium-Ion  battery cars that are out at the moment and of course the so called dirty oil based fuels, such as petrol and diesel.

The car is being developed by Hyundai and the company hope to build over a thousand of these cars by 2015. The Hydrogen Fuel cells engine has been developed in many different countries but I am very impressed by the work done in Australia at the RMIT University in Melbourne Australia. I have linked a video demonstrating how an Hydrogen Fuel cells engine works made by RMIT University…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7_QYTAi1-E

Hydrogen makes up about 75% of the Universe that we all live in. We all know that eventually fossil fuels will run out, although the timing of this has probably been extended by the advent of “Fracking” both in the USA and here in the UK,(although on a much smaller scale). This may have prolonged the life of the combustion engined car that we are all familiar with, or at least be part of the fuels mix in the long run.

Of course hydrogen is a much more efficient fuel than fossil fuels, the process of passing hydrogen through a fuel cell is much more effective than the petrochemicals used in the conventional fossil fuel engines that we still use today in large numbers. Also unlike the electric powered cars, hydrogen can store the energy that it creates.

Another great advantage of Hydrogen Fuel cells is that it produces “zero”emissions and will not pollute the Planet giving us all a greener future, this has got to be the way forward and not the all electric cars that a been produced at the moment, although I still think that the electric car will be part of the mix.

Six hydrogen cars filling stations for London to start with

The main aim will be to open over a million Hydrogen Fuel cells facilities and eventually the hydrogen pumps will integrate with regular pumps selling petrol and diesel on the forecourts of large companies such as Sainsburys and Morrisons super markets, who are showing great interest in the new program of hydrogen expansion. The expected cost to fill your car with hydrogen will be around the £40 mark which will give you about 400 miles in the new Hyundai ix35. This will be about the same range as the conventional fossil fuel engined cars, and a great advantage over the electric cars that at the moment can only go short distances before requiring a recharge of their car batteries.
The new ix35 drives without any noise and only emits water from the exhaust. It has no gearbox and has drive selector say like an automatic gearbox.

It will take time establish itself but to me this technology, Hydrogen Fuel cells, will be a winner, it sounds almost too good to be true ?

To see a great article about this new carhttp://www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/green-motoring/2013-07/hydrogen-powered-cars-step-closer-to-production-reality

Another great web-site to check out about Hydrogen powered cars is…http://www.planete-hydrogene.com/en/hydrogen-energy-1/hydrogen-powered-car/how-it-works-1.html

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BMW’s hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will begin testing in the near future

hydrogen fuel cell

 

BMW will begin testing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the near future. The new generation of  hydrogen vehicles are currently under development

Source: www.bmwblog.com

This is good news for the regular garage owner?

I believe that we will be able to repair these hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the after market but the car manufacturers will keep a tight lid on the battery driven EV’s, and we will only get the scraps.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology battles it out with battery power

Believe it or not the Hydrogen Fuel cell (HFC) technology is nothing new? The method of converting pure hydrogen and oxygen into water and electricity is a blast from the past, and goes back to the 1930’s (even older than me).

This kind of technology was also effectively used on the Space Shuttle Programme by NASA until it was all taken apart the other year. The older type of fuel cell equipment that produced enough power to propel a vehicle, was very large and would just about fit into a large van, and so something smaller had to be designed.

A smaller type of fuel cell had to be designed and it became clear that Toyota Motor Company were in the lead in the design of this technology. Toyota plan to have a smaller more powerful and efficient fuel cell in use in one of the cars by the end of 2015, (this year).

All the car manufacturers are looking at developing greener vehicle and it now looks likely that BMW the giant German car maker are looking at HFC  technology to power their vehicles in the future, in fact it is thought that they come into some sort of research and development agreement with Toyota and hope that the two car giants can come out tops with the HFC engines fitted into their cars.

BMW forge ahead with Hydrogen cell technology with the Hydrogen 7 car

The battle between the different engine concepts is hotting up between the Hydrogen cells and the Lithium-Ion battery driven vehicles. BMW have brought out their Hydrogen 7 production car, with a hundred of them out on test. I understand that they have done this by turning a regular gasoline burning car into a Hydrogen burning car and the results are positive so far, the car retains all the comfort and exclusivity that you would expect from a BMW luxury car.

Audi have also bought into the fuel cell scenario, by purchasing patents of hydrogen fuel cell technology from a company called Ballard Power Systems

hydrogen fuel cell

How a Hydrogen cell car works

One more thing is missing from the stage: hydrogen filling pumps. Once such a network would be deployed, batteries would suddenly become the dirtier and more inefficient option, since using hydrogen only produces water, does not deplete Earth’s lithium reserves and does not pollute the environment in any way. They will also share the patents with the rest of the VW group, showing their intent and interest in the hydrogen fuel cell format for greener cars of the future.

We all know that there is no love lost between supporters of battery-electric cars and hydrogen fuel cell cars, but what is a realistic way to compare the two? One of the big advantages at the moment is that Hydrogen cell vehicles can travel five times longer than the EV battery electric cars on a single tank, and it takes just a few minutes to fill the tank with hydrogen, this can be compared with the 8 hours or so it takes to recharge a battery.

On the down side we do not yet have a good enough network of  filling stations, I know that Germany have started to install them and I have heard the some of the big UK supermarkets are considering adding hydrogen to their extensive petrol station outlets, this could also be the case in the USA, especially the California area where they are very aggressive about greener pollutant free cars.

Time will only tell but although I am not an expert, I am very interested in what is happening and it may well be hotting up with the demise of the diesel engine, after they have had bad reports about pollution. In fact the authorities in Paris are going to ban the older diesel cars from entering the city in the near future, this after the experts were preaching how safe diesel cars were, they have now done an about turn and left us all in it?

Hyundai also developing hydrogen cell cars

The Hyundai company have developed the “Tucson Fuel Cell” car which  looks just like a typical small SUV, but the difference is that it is’ powered by hydrogen. These  vehicles use a Hydrogen fuel cell instead of  battery technology. The fuel cell is replenished with hydrogen mixed with oxygen, and the result is a supply of electricity to power the car. Water is the only emission, that is emitted from the car, a great success.

Honda will also bring out their own Hydrogen cell version which is known as the FCX Clarity Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle .

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Electric Battery Cars or Hydrogen fueled Cars?

Electric Battery Cars or Hydrogen fueled Cars?

It is for certain that one of these days we will run out of oil. Although we have now discovered new oil reserves by means of “fracking” we will still run out of oil one of these days. This together with the need to clean up our planet has lead us to try and discover new technologies to drive our transport system forward using less polluting fuels and renewable energies.

How the hydrogen cell car works

One of the biggest steps has been towards the development of battery power to drive our Electric Battery Cars. This development took on rapid pace in the first instance, but in my opinion has now slowed down as we try to refine the technology to give us more distance on one charge of the Electric Battery Cars. The technology here has been the use of Lithium-Ion batteries. Some car makers such as Nissan have developed the Hybrid Electric Battery Cars, a car that is battery driven with a backup petrol engine that kicks in when the car reaches a certain speed for out of town driving.

Other car producers have opted for the full blown Electric Battery Cars, which relies totally on a battery for its power. These cars have the problem of traveling any distance, but are good for around town usage. In my opinion the battery solution is not the answer to the bigger problem of distance before the battery needs re-charging. Charging stations are cropping up all over the place and the electric car will have a part to play in the big picture but in my opinion it is looking like a short term fix and in any case these cars are charged up using “dirty fuel” that we use to fuel our power stations, it is just applying a “sticking plaster” on a gaping wound.

Battery cars for short journeys, and hydrogen for the long journey?

Many different car companies have been looking at the hydrogen technology and many governments have been investing large amounts of money into the development of the hydrogen fueled engine. Car companies such as BMW, Toyota Cars and Mazda have come up with new and improved methods to meet the growing demand for an alternative fuel to the One of the biggest steps has been towards the development of battery power to drive our Electric Battery Cars. This development took on rapid pacedriven cars so that larger distances can be covered. Governments across the World are at this very moment working together to try and produce a stable hydrogen product that can be used in regular filling stations. Indeed these filling stations are beginning to pop up as these car companies have become closer to producing their hydrogen fuel celled vehicles.

General motors and Honda are also interested in this fuel and are developing engines accordingly. As the only by-product is water, then the hydrogen fuel cells produce no pollution  and on top of that, fuel cells are safe, more reliable (as they do not have many  moving parts), and use the most abundant of elements  in the universe as a power source(hydrogen).

The governments need to tie up with the major car manufactures in the world to accelerate the use of hydrogen and similar energy efficient cars. Instead of lining up at the gas filling stations, the hydrogen car owners can buy tanks of liquid or gaseous hydrogen. Though the general trend for fuel efficient cars with alternative and better fuel designs will keep on increasing, various political, consumer, legal, environmental and technological factors will decide the extend of deployment.

Toyota is expected to fund a new network of hydrogen filling stations in the California area of America, by the way of a loan to a company called First Element Fuel Inc and in conjunction with the state of California and eventually rolling the stations out into a wider area. Toyota estimates that 68 refuelling stations will be required to satisfy the needs of California’s 10,000 fuel cell customers. By the end of 2016, Lentz hopes to have 50 stations operating across the state. Toyota estimates that 68 refuelling stations will be required to satisfy the needs of California’s 10,000 fuel cell customers. By the end of 2016, Lentz hopes to have 50 stations operating across the state.

Believe it or not Toyota started working on the fuel cell car as long ago as 1992. That is 25 years of experience in this technology, with the first production model to be available by 2015. The ironic part of my opening question is that the hydrogen fuel cell is really a battery?

“FCVs are powered by fuel cells, which generate electricity from hydrogen, which is not only environmentally friendly and highly energy-efficient, but can also be produced using a variety of readily available raw materials. Thanks to these characteristics, fuel cell vehicles are ideal for achieving sustainable mobility. Therefore, Toyota is striving to make this vehicle technology widely available as soon as possible.”…More reading…

http://www.toyota-global.com/innovation/environmental_technology/fuelcell_vehicle/  

These new cars will be expected to drive twice the distance on a full tank of fuel, with the fuel costing about the same as gasoline (petrol). In my opinion this will be at the forefront of the

Electric Battery Cars,Filling up a hydrogen cell car

Filling up a hydrogen cell car

leading car technology, for cars that will travel mid and long distances. Leaving the One of the biggest steps has been towards the development of battery power to drive our Electric Battery Cars. This development took on rapid pace, to cover urban and town driving. There will also be a mix of other fuels such a bio-fuels in the big mix and things that are not yet invented.

For more reading about the Toyota Hydrogen Cars…http://www.firstelementfuel.com/

http://green.autoblog.com/2013/12/11/2015-toyota-fuel-cell-hydrogen-vehicle-prototype-review/

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Toyota embracing hydrogen fuel cells as a replacement for battery-electric vehicles

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Toyota has done more to further hybrid cars than any other manufacturer, but that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped looking for better ways to fuel our lives.

 

eric roberts‘s insight: For further reading about Toyota hydrogen cell cars…

https://www.pellonautocentre.com/?p=3710

Hi This has always looked like one of the future fuels to go into the future of car making. I have followed the progress of hydrogen fuel cells and it looks like Toyota will be the first

Toyota,hydrogen car

Toyota hydrogen car filling up

auto company to embrace this technology, other car makers are going down the lithium battery route and Citroen are developing the compressed nitrogen engine.

All this makes for an interesting future, where in my opinion we will see a mixture of different technologies coming from the different car companies (especially Toyota).

I also think that this will still include an investment in super clean gasoline and diesel engines in the big mix along with the new technologies. We will simply choose a car that suits our own purpose. Some cars will be for around town, this will include the “driver-less cars” and the battery driven carswill be for medium distance traveling. The long

Toyota,hydrogen fuel cell car

Toyota,hydrogen fuel cell car

distances will be covered by the present technology and also hydrogen cell engines which will be supplied at the average gas station, the same way as we get our petrol and diesel now.

Altogether very interesting times ahead for the Toyota car trade and its associated businesses.

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Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles-Toyota to launch in US next year 2015- domain-B

Post updated  20/3/2014

Toyota to launch hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles in US next year domain-B Hydrogen-powered electric cars are moving in at a brisk pace as fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) that use hydrogen as fuel for their batteries will be in use in Northern America by 2015…

 

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Toyota The new Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles will be able to get their electricity from an electrochemical between oxygen and hydrogen which will generate a current cars could be available earlier than thought.

The first British hydrogen filling station for public use has now been opened in Swindon Wiltshire. It is located at the giant Honda factory near South Marston. The new site willhydrogen

be open to the public. Although it is within the grounds of the Honda car factory.

This is the very first step on the road towards attracting Hydrogen fuel-cell cars to the UK. The single pump will be able to fill The new Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. They will be able to get their electricity from an electrochemical between oxygen and hydrogen. Which will generate a current cars with a gas based hydrogen although any members of the public will have to pass a BOC safety course before been able to fill their hydrogen cars.

The new Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles will be able to get their electricity from an electrochemical between oxygen and hydrogen which will generate a current. The only wastes that are omitted are water vapour and heat making the cars extremely environmental friendly.

The new cars from Toyota are expected to be in use in the USA by as near as 2015.This is much earlier than thought before. In my opinion this technology will be a winner. Eventually the motorist will be able to travel just as far as a conventional gasoline car without having to have the time consuming inconvenience of have to charge up the battery for the return journey. That’s of course unless the present battery technology is not significantly modified.

Other car makers have also shown more than interest. The new Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles will be able to get their electricity from an electrochemical between oxygen and hydrogen which will generate a current. The new Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles will be able to get their electricity from an electrochemical between oxygen and hydrogen which will generate a current powered car.  Honda of course and Hyundai as well as Toyota, who’s hydrogen cars are expectedThe new Hydrogen fuel-cells to be able to a range of about 300 miles from a full tank and the fuel will only take three or four minutes to fill the tank.

The USA are at the forefront of supplying fuel. The new Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles will be able to get their electricity from an electrochemical between oxygen and hydrogen. This will generate a string of filling stations.With 68 stations stretching from San Diego to San Francisco, with a further 20 new filling stations to be built by 2015.

The new Toyota car is expected to be called the FV2 and will be made including all the latest IT technology making the car a real stunner. Another Toyota model will be known as the i-road and will be a three wheeler city car, this car is well advanced and will be having trials in several cities from Japan to France this year (2014)

Eric Roberts

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Hydrogen fuel-cell cars-Germans are dreaming of Them- Already have 15 hydrogen stations – Windpower Engineering (press release)

Hydrogen fuel-cell cars

Hydrogen fuel-cell cars filling station on test

Germans are dreaming of hydrogen fuel-cell cars.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Toyota cars go ahead with Hydrogen fuel power

This ties up with my last post. At this moment in time companies are setting up Hydrogen fuel-cell cars filling stations all over Europe. One company that has been heavily involved is Air Liquide who are in the process of developing filling stations and indeed have built 60 new Hydrogen fuel-cell cars filling stations across the World.

Air Liquide have said that Hydrogen fuel-cell cars can be filled in a few minutes and the equipment that is used to fill the car is much the same as a diesel or petrol car and is just as safe.

Hydrogen fuel-cell cars,air liquide

A Hydrogen fuel-cell cars filling station

More reading…http://www.airliquide-hydrogen-energy.com/en/notre-offre/filling-station.html

Here in the UK we are making forward moves to build a network of Hydrogen fuel-cell cars fuel filling stations and negotiations are taking place to use the network of supermarket filling stations to accommodate Hydrogen Fuel Cells pumps alongside the standard pumps used for petrol and diesel.

This move by Toyota will bring into play a battle of the green choices; one will be Hydrogen fuel-cell cars and the other lithium-ion technologies, very interesting to see who will come out on top.

 

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Eric Roberts

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