What’s In Store For Electric Cars Of The Future?

Although not a new innovation, electric cars have grown in popularity in recent years. In a world where fuel prices and CO2 levels are soaring, more of us want to save money and go greener. As you might expect, electric cars produce no emissions and don't need petrol or diesel. Have...

John Davis, host of Motorweek. Image courtesy of Motorweek and Chicago Clean Cities.

John Davis of MotorWeek to Speak at 2016 Green Drives Conference

The Lake Michigan Consortium today announced that John Davis, the Emmy® Award-winning host of MotorWeek, television’s longest-running automotive series, will serve as the master of ceremonies and a featured speaker at its Clean Cities Green Drives Conference and Expo on May 19. Clean Cities coalitions from Chicago, Wisconsin and Northern Indiana are partnering to...

Three Clean Cities Coalitions to Host Green Transportation Expo

From our friends at Chicago Area Clean Cities: Clean Cities coalitions from Chicago, Wisconsin and Northern Indiana today announced they are partnering to host a major green-transportation conference in the Chicago area on May 19. The Lake Michigan Clean Cities Consortium will host the Green Drives Conference and Expo at Northern Illinois University’s...

Hybrid and Hydrogen On Display at the 2015 BMW Innovation Days

Last week BMW Group rolled out some sweet new hybrid and hydrogen technology as part of their "Innovation Days", a showcase of things we'll soon see in production vehicles and across the entire fleet. The two biggest takeaways for us are the prototype 2 Series ActiveTourer with Hybrid Drive, and progress on their Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle....

2016 Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle. Image courtesy of Toyota

Toyota Takes Fuel Cell Performance to the Nano-particle Level

From Toyota Global Media and Newspress.co.uk: When it comes to securing the best performance from its hydrogen fuel cell technology, Toyota’s scrutiny is reaching unprecedented levels with a new monitoring system that plots the behaviour of nanometre-sized – one-millionth of millimetre – particles. The focus of its research is the way in...

Toyota: My How Time Flies

Five years ago Toyota Motor Company was at the peak of a crisis over unintended acceleration.  The chairman, Akido Toyoda, testified and apologized at a Congressional hearing.  It was a very, very low point for a company that had overtaken Ford a the maker of the most popular model in...

4 Cool Things Hyundai is Showing at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show

Fresh off it's debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Hyundai will show their Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept, the 2015 Tuscon Fuel Cell SUV, specialty vehicles from SEMA and new Connected Car technology at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.  Making its Chicago debut, Hyundai’s innovative Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept reflects a...

California Opens First Paid Hydrogen Fueling Station

Now you can buy hydrogen for your fuel cell vehicle.  In California. That fact may seem trite.  But if fuel cell is going to catch on, it has to have demand.  The number of fuel cell vehicles is growing.  If fuel cell is going to catch on, then people are going...

2016 Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle. Image courtesy of Toyota

Japan Gets Ready for Toyota Mirai and Fuel Cell Adoption

Two pieces of interesting news on the Toyota Mirai FCV, courtesy of our friends at Carscoops and Bloomberg.  First, Carscoops says that Toyota has taken orders for 1500 of their new fuel cell vehicle.  Bloomberg provides some detail, as well as information that the Japanese government is plowing the road...

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JD Power: Despite Cheap Gas, Fuel Efficiency Still a Primary Concern

As you read the headlines proclaiming historically low gas prices spelling doom for hybrid, electric, or any other automotive technology that leverages economy, think about this from J.D. Power: Despite gas prices falling to their lowest levels since 2010, fuel economy—for a fourth consecutive year—remains the most influential factor among the...

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Toyota to Spend $7.2M for New Hydrogen Fueling Stations

Toyota has a huge stake in the US success of the Mirai, their first fuel cell to properly come to market.  One of the keys to success is a robust fueling network.  According to Green Fleet News, Toyota is spending $7.2 million to expand the number of hydrogen fueling stations...

A Tale of Two VW Golf SportWagens

The 2015 VW Golf SportWagen is not a head-turner.  It is not fast.  It does not thrill the ladies, or the men for that matter. But, if you are an adult with a family, it is one of the greatest cars ever. It's practical.  It's German, so go figure. It's roomy, perfect for...

Where Toyota’s New “Mirai” Fuel Cell Vehicle Gets it Right

This is an excerpt from an Examiner.com column written by  Sebastian James, publisher of Hybrid and Electric Car News. Enjoy, and be sure to subscribe to his posts. In Japanese, "Mirai" means the future. Toyota hopes the hydrogen-powered "Mirai" becomes synonymous with the same success as their car named after the Latin...

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