The Telegraph tells us Japan is testing a 310 mph bullet train. The new generation L0 Series trains, which employ magnetic levitation technology instead of conventional wheels, will begin commercial services in 2027. The rail service will initially link central Tokyo with Nagoya station, cutting current bullet train journey times by more than half, from 90 to 40 minutes. Plans are under way to extend the line to Osaka by 2045.
United Airlines announced it was purchasing 15 million gallons of renewable jet fuel from AltAir Fuel. Green Car Congress says the three-year contract has an option for United to purchase more of the bio-synthetic paraffinic kerosene. AltAir intends to produce low-carbon, renewable jet fuel and other renewable products at an advanced bio-refinery near Los Angeles, California.
FutureCars explains how hydrogen fuel cell technology and cars work.
Green Car Congress says global light-duty fuel-cell-vehicle sales will reach 2 million annually by 2030. A new study from Navigant Research forecasts that worldwide sales of light-duty fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs) will climb from the 1000 mark in 2015 to surpass 2 million vehicles annually by 2030. However, this surge will only occur if the infrastructure is in place to meet customers’ fueling requirements. And this will require a large investment from government and industry in hydrogen infrastructure..
If the infrastructure is built out, automakers will increase their production levels, which will result in major cost reductions—a “virtuous cycle” that will lead to a demand-driven market in the period after 2025.
hybridCARS notes that South Korean automaker Hyundai is moving into hydrogen vehicles in a big way. This week Hyundai made its first European deliveries of many planned hydrogen-powered Tucson SUVs (known as the iX35). The 15 SUVs were delivered to the city of Copenhagen in Denmark to celebrate the opening of that city’s first hydrogen refueling station. The iX35 can travel 100 mph and offers a range of about 370 miles based on a liquid-hydrogen fill up that takes no longer than a gasoline fill up. Two weeks ago Hyundai agreed to work with other automakers under H2USA, an initiative to advance fuel cell vehicles toward viability. H2USA also includes Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Toyota. The partnership is a collaboration among automakers, government agencies, gas suppliers, and the hydrogen and fuel cell industries. It will conduct coordinated technical and market analysis, and evaluate alternative hydrogen fueling infrastructure with the goal of finding cost reductions and economies of scale. See also FuelCellToday, Hyundai Delivers Fifteen ix35 Fuel Cell Cars to Copenhagen and MOTORWARD, First Batch Of Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell Vehicles Delivered In Europe.
Automotive News tells us Honda has joined the H2USA fuel cell partnership to find ways of making hydrogen vehicles and infrastructure more affordable. Other automakers in the group include Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Toyota. Right now, fuel cell vehicles tend to start in the $100,000 range.
The Green Optimistic discovered that Audi is going to begin testing a hydrogen fuel cell version of its A7 in August.
With virtually no demand forthcoming, Mercedes-Benz is abandoning its hydrogen E-Cell Vito van we learn from Gas2. Even with strong marketing and government incentives, the German car-maker has only been able to sell a few hundred of its E-Cell Vito electric vans – far short of the thousands the company had hoped to sell across Europe. The vehicle has an 80 mile range and a top speed of about 55 mph and was considered an excellent van for European corporate fleets.
Diesel engines now account for about one-quarter of Volkswagon’s car sales in the US reports Green Car Congress.
Yahoo Auto tells us 6 things everyone should know about diesel powered cars.
Meanwhile, Gas2 gives us 5 tips on buying a fuel efficient used car.