Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan revealed, mid-week news round-up
June 25, 2014 § 3 Comments
It’s not exactly the prettiest of things, but this is what the final-production Toyota’s Fuel Cell Sedan will look like; it has been confirmed for launch in Japan in April 2015, and later in the summer of 2015 for Europe and North America. Japanese pricing will be around seven million yen (£45,450 or so) and sales will be limited to areas which have some sort of a hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. Performance and cruising range are said to be “similar to that of a petrol-engined vehicle” and refuelling takes around three minutes once you’ve located a hydrogen source, preferably of hydrogen generated using solar, wind or other renewable electricity.
- Further to the above, five hydrogen refuelling stations will open in Denmark this year, connecting the major cities and routes to Germany; five more in 2015, putting all citizens within a 15kn range of one. All using hydrogen generated by renewable-source electricity, too; more at Green Car Congress.
- This week’s concept from charlesbombardier.com (see below): the Aladdin, an induction-charging platform to transport vehicles from one place to the other, including the lifting/moving of ICE vehicles – buses, cars, trucks, etc. – within a zero-emissions zone, for example. Its designer, Ray Mattison, envisages a network of pick-up points and ramps across a city, and sees it as a way to smooth over the transition from ICE to electromobility. More at the Globe and Mail.
- Report on the Royal College of Art vehicle design MA students’ summer show at Autocar: themes this year include low-cost EVs, basic and recycled materials, customisation and transformability, and a focus more on city contexts than the driving experience. Good stuff…
- TUV Nord has done a lifecycle assessment of the Kia Soul EV, and declared it as having a smaller carbon footprint than its diesel equivalent. The assessment took into account factors including energy consumption, materials used in its construction, recyclability, tailpipe emissions (greenhouse gases 40% reduced). Release posted here.
- There’s a couple of electric motorbikes doing show-and-tell test drive tours of the USA right now: Italian brand Energica is showing off its Ego, but creating more column-inches is the Harley-Davidson LiveWire. Whilst obviously it’s great to have start-ups and niche manufacturers entering the e-space and increasing competition, it’s getting the iconic brands involved that will really help accelerate the mainstream adoption of electromobility.
- Attitudes to electric vehicles, the Office for National Statistics’ 2014 survey: just 5% had thought of buying an EV, 85% of car-buyers prioritised cost, perceptions on the negative side but some encouraging feedback as well (Great British Public not quite as dismissive as they could have been…
- And a load of data from California on EV drivers, their purchase motivations, demographic factors etc from the Center for Sustainable Energy – a really useful resource.
- The Molecules Project – multimodal transport link-up platform, including shared EVs and e-bikes – launches next week with pilot projects in Berlin, Barcelona and Paris. It’s to trial all-in, all-mode connected transport solutions across metropolitan areas.