This week, Toyota contributed majorly to the future of zero-emission trucking by unveiling the second iteration of its hydrogen fuel cell electric Class 8 truck during the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars in Northern Michigan. The new truck, known internally as “Beta,” expands on the capabilities of Toyota’s first Project Portal test vehicle, in part by increasing the estimated range to more than 300 miles per fill. Read more »
Ballard Power Systems, a global provider of clean energy and fuel cell solutions, has signed a 3.5-year extension to its current Technology Solutions contract with AUDI AG, part of the Volkswagen Group, extending the HyMotion program to August 2022. The program encompasses automotive fuel cell stack development as well as system design support activities. Read more »
Škoda Auto, the Czech Republic’s largest company and part of the Volkswagen group, will offer a glimpse into future developments for its model range at the International Motor Show in Geneva (6 – 18 March). It is presenting a vehicle with CNG, petrol and electric drive for the first time. Read more »
New Holland Agriculture presented its methane powered concept agricultural tractor at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois this week. It was introduced as the latest development in the company’s vision for the sustainable future of farming. “It combines alternative fuels and advanced agricultural technology … by running on the energy produced from the land and waste products,” said Carlo Lambro, New Holland Agriculture Brand President. Read more »
Kenworth, a medium and heavy duty truck manufacturer based in Kirkland, Washington, is the recipient of U.S. government grants for low emissions projects that will include a proof-of-concept CNG hybrid Kenworth T680 Day Cab, targeted for use as a drayage tractor in Southern California ports. Read more »
Hamburg now has an environmentally friendly alternative for supplying power to cruise ships lying at port. The LNG Hybrid Barge, Becker Marine Systems’ floating liquefied gas power plant christened at Hafencity, a quarter in the district of Hamburg-Mitte, on Saturday, is a world premiere. The barge is not self-propelled, instead being steered to locations by a natural gas fuelled tug. Read more »
Singapore’s Minister for Transport, Mr Lui Tuck Yew, presided over the opening ceremony of the 18th Singapore International Bunkering Conference and Exhibition (SIBCON), organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). In conjunction with SIBCON, Minister Liu also officiated the global launch of the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF), a new non-governmental organisation established to promote safety and industry best practices in the use of gas as a marine fuel. Read more »
Hyundai is featuring their New Generation i30 CNG at this year’s Paris Motor Show, marking the debut of their 1.4-liter T-GDI engine and a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT).
The engine coupled with the transmission emits CO2 emissions as low as 87 g/km, a significant reduction compared to the equivalent internal combustion engine (ICE) model, and meets the strict Euro6c emission standards three years ahead of introduction in 2017. Running on CNG, the engine develops 117 ps and maximum torque of 206 Nm from 1,500 rpm to 3,500 rpm. Read more »
Mazda Motor Corporation will showcase its Mazda3 SKYACTIV-CNG Concept at the 43rd 2013 Tokyo Motor Show late November. Mazda has responded to increased demand for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) worldwide by delivering a concept car that adopts a bi-fuel system to run on both gasoline and CNG. The SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine will require only minor modifications to operate using CNG, and will reduce emissions by about 20% compared with same displacement gasoline engines.
Toyota Motors has unveiled a concept vehicle at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the FT-Bh Concept, which may be developed for several fuel applications including compressed natural gas, reports Insideline. Designed for affordability, fuel efficiency and suited to various alternative-fuel powertrains, “It serves as a study for how even greater fuel efficiency might be achieved in the medium term by using two alternative powertrains,” said Toyota in a statement. “A compressed natural gas hybrid with 38g/km CO2 emissions and a plug-in hybrid, emitting just 19g/km.”