Posts by: Jim Motavalli

Once you’ve had a fuel-cell car, you don’t go back to internal combustion. That’s the message from three California early adopters, two in the Honda FCX Clarity and one in the Toyota Mirai. Karen Thorp and Jackie Keller have been fortunate enough to lease Honda FCX Claritys for the past several years. Now they’re...

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LAS VEGAS—It’s not surprising that a Toyota announcer introduced the car at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as “the 2030 FCV Plus.” The hydrogen-powered concept is certainly futuristic, even though it showcases technology that could be on cars soon. Introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show last fall, the FCV...

‘Tis the season for major events, including two of the biggest of the year, the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit (January 11-24) and the mammoth Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas (January 6-9). Both will showcase fuel-cell and hydrogen technology. 2016 Detroit Auto Show Let’s start...

Honda has unveiled the production version of its fuel-cell car at the 44th Toyota Motor Show. Previously the FCV Concept, it’s now simply (and tentatively) the Clarity.The styling is distinctive, representing a toned-down version of the futuristic concept with a front-end treatment that’s well within the corporate...

Germany is taking an early lead in ensuring that hydrogen refueling won’t be an issue.

The Toyota Mirai fuel-cell car goes into production in Japan at the end of this year, and a full order book there is testimony to the importance of laying the groundwork for a hydrogen energy economy. The Mirai will be cushioned with $25,500 subsidies in some parts of Japan. The aim is for 100 urban hydrogen stations...

DETROIT–There were no less than six fuel-cell powered cars at the Shell Eco Marathon, held this year (and for the next two) in Detroit’s Cobo Hall. The aim is for high school and college teams to build the most fuel-efficient car they can, and the tiny lightweight pods—often with carbon-fiber bodies and a single,...