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California Energy Commission Approves Plan to Invest Up To $115M for Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure

December 10, 2020 - - The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved a plan today that will invest up to $115 million to increase significantly the number of fueling stations in the state that support hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The funding nearly doubles the state's investments to date and will help California nearly achieve its goal to deploy 200 public hydrogen fueling stations ... [ more ]

Toyota's Hino to Sell Hydrogen Fuel Cell Semi-Trucks

December 1, 2020 - by Gary Gastelu, FOXBusiness - Toyota has announced plans to introduce a hydrogen fuel-cell powered semi in the U.S. that could potentially compete with Nikola Motors if the embattled Arizona startup's vehicles ever make it to production. The Class 8 trucks will be based on the recently introduced XL series tractor from Toyota-owned Hino and use a zero-emission powertrain that Toyota has been testing by hauling freight between the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports since 2017 ... [ more ]

California Is Trying to Jump-Start the Hydrogen Economy

November 11, 2020 - by Ivan Penn and Clifford Krauss, New York Times - Since President George W. Bush fueled a minivan with hydrogen 15 years ago, the promise of cars and trucks powered by the fuel has come up mostly empty.  That hydrogen pump, in Washington, closed long ago. But in California, the beginnings of a hydrogen economy may finally be dawning after many fits and starts ... [ more ]

Daimler, Volvo Show Hydrogen is Here, Diesel Has a Sell-By Date

November 2, 2020 - by Jerry Hirsch, - Volvo Group and Daimler Trucks created a joint venture that will develop, build and commercial hydrogen fuel cell systems for heavy-duty trucks. That development, plus recent moves by Toyota, Hyundai and other commercial vehicle manufacturers, signal a sea change for trucking. Diesel is on its way out – although it will take several decades ... [ more ]

Automakers Shift Hydrogen Focus From Cars to Semis

October 27, 2020 - NACS - Advancing Convenience & Fuel Retailing - Automakers have spent decades developing hydrogen fuel cells as a sustainable alternative for use in cars. But now, they're turning their attention to semi-trucks, according to the Wall Street Journal. Fuel cells draw hydrogen gas from tanks on board the truck, mix it with oxygen and convert it to electricity, which drives the vehicle's motor ... [ more ]

Hydrogen: Truly Green Power

October 19, 2020 - by Jim Park,  Heavy Duty Trucking Info - If you're not muddled enough yet in the alternative fuels debate, here's the skinny on hydrogen. It's an alternative to batteries that can offer faster "fueling" times, along with a lighter and more compact storage medium. It can be stored indefinitely with zero energy loss ... [ more ]

DOE Launches Two Consortia to Advance Fuel Cell Truck and Electrolyzer R&D

October 8, 2020 - - In commemoration of National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) officially launched the Million Mile Fuel Cell Truck (­M2FCT) and the H2NEW consortia to advance fuel cell truck and hydrogen production R&D. Today's announcement builds upon DOE's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office's (EERE's) intention to ... [ more ]

Hino, Toyota Developing Class 8 Fuel Cell Electric Truck for North America

October 6, 2020 - by Jim Park,  Heavy Duty Trucking Info - Competition in the fuel-cell electric truck space continues to heat up, with the Oct. 5 announcement of a Class 8 tractor to be developed jointly by Hino Trucks and Toyota Motor North America. This effort builds on technology previously developed by Toyota under Project Portal, which got under way in 2017 ...  [ more ]

FERC Opens Wholesale Markets to Distributed Resources: Landmark Action Breaks Down Barriers to Emerging Technologies, Boosts Competition

September 18, 2020 - - The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today approved a historic final rule, Order 2222, enabling distributed energy resource (DER) aggregators to compete in all regional organized wholesale electric markets. This bold action empowers new technologies to come online and participate on a level playing field, further enhancing competition, encouraging innovation and driving down costs for consumers ... [ more ]

$28 Million Electric Vehicle Charging Program Launches in California

September 16, 2020 - by Emily Holbrook - E+E Leader - A $28 million effort to install electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure at commercial workplaces, multi-family dwellings and other public locations in California has launched. It is the largest EV charging infrastructure program tied to a single Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) agency. EV Ready intends to install 3,500 charging ports in San Mateo County over the next four years. The effort includes $24 million in ... [ more ]

Hydrogen – The Great Green Hope

August 27, 2020 - by Kelvin Ross, Editor - Power Engineering International - I doubt there's a hotter topic in the energy sector at the moment than hydrogen. And it's a technology whose potential is acknowledged and being explored globally – as evidenced by our coverage in this issue.  Our cover story highlights the role that it could play in the AsiaPacific, where countries across the region are pouring resources into developing next-generation technologies – Australia alone has launched a $300 million Advancing Hydrogen Fund ... [ more ]

Truck Stops Move Into the Fast Lane During Covid-19

August 25, 2020 - by Peter Grant, The Wall Street Journal - Thousands of restaurants and hotels along U.S. interstate highways closed during the pandemic, but most truck stops remained open to fuel the 18-wheelers that keep supply lines moving. That has been good news for TravelCenters of America Inc., the largest publicly traded truck-stop owner. The company's shares are up more than 50% since ... [ more ]

Kickstarting the Vehicle-to-Grid Integration Movement

July 14, 2020 - by Katie Fehrenbacher, - The long view on electric vehicles is that they can provide unique benefits for the power grid and for drivers if charged and managed in a smart and dynamic way. But for a long time, saying the acronym "V2G" (for "vehicle-to-grid") to a utility or automaker was the equivalent of talking about flying cars. But it looks like, at least in California, that's starting to change ... [ more ]

California Makes History with Clean Trucks Rule

June 25, 2020 - by Patricio Portillo, NRDC Switchboard - In a groundbreaking win, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) unanimously adopted the world's first zero-emission commercial truck requirement, the Advanced Clean Trucks rule. The rule, which requires truck makers to sell an increasing number of clean, zero-emission trucks in California in place of dirty diesel and gasoline, will cut toxic fossil fuel emissions in polluted communities throughout the state ... [ more ]

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