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This could become a breakthrough for much lower cost, longer lasting and 10X performance near future fuel cells and electrolyzers. If true, FCVEs of all sizes may very well compete with BEVs, specially for all weather operations and supply energy during peak grid loads and low wind/solar production periods with large FCs.
Difficult to know who should be trusted?
Fields did not do the job well enough and deserves to join Comer. Ford could/may have to do like Toyota and create a dedicated e-mobility group to produce all weather BEVs and FCEVs and improved batteries.
A move in the right direction but should be increased from 50 to at least 500 KW for very quick charge stations.
Global energy use, in most continents/countries, will progressively increase, creating more harmful pollution and GHG unless we : 1) progressively reduce the collection, transportation, transformation and burning of all fossil fuels. 2) actively and rapidly produce, transport and store more clean lower cost solar, wind, hydro and other clean replacement energies. 3) learn how to produce, build and maintain much lower cost Nuclear energy facilities. Of course, lower cost solar cells, wind turbines, electrolysers, H2 storage, batteries, FCEVs and BEVs will replace current fossil fuels energy sources.
Good news for near future H2 stations and FCVs/FCEVs. This join venture will produce better H2 technology and lower cost distributed H2.
Who knows how many millions died prematurely from diesel's exhaust during the last 100+ years? What has been the total health cost associated with diesels? Will manufacturers pay for damages? How many years will it take to remove all diesel units from our streets and highways?
Driverless ADV mini (15-passenger) e-buses will operate on dedicated routes in Montreal starting today? Service will be expanded later depending on results.
An excellent idea but there are many more superior electric school buses on the market.
VW was not the only manufacturer who has been cheating for decades. All others should also be charged a few $$B each to compensate the damages done. The $$B collected could be used to offset the extra cost for BEVs and FCEVs costing less than $60K
Interesting development? Can it be mass produced at a low cost?
If the current trend is maintained, imported (made in China-South Korea-Japan-EU) HEVs, PHEVs, BEVs and FCEVs may quickly take a major part of the American (USA) e-car market, unless Americans wake up and...?
Electricity production and consomption could be better matched with more selected H2 (electrolyser) stations and more BEV (batteries) selected charging facilities. Perfect match will be difficult. Large H2-FCs and/or large battery banks may be required to fill peak demands.
Wise move by Toyota to join with NVIDIA to develop the software required for future ADVs and benefit from NVIDIA's advanced hardware and software. Those two excellent firms (together with Toyota's deep pockets and excellent electrified vehicles) could lead the way with practical ADVs
Until much lower cost (way below $100/kWh); much higher performance (between 800 and 1200 wh/Kg) batteries become available, extended range, all weather BEVs will be restricted to light short range units. Larger, heavier, longer range all weather units may have to use improved lower cost FCEVs. Much lower cost clean H2 will become available and will compete with BEVs and ICEVs within about 10 years.
TESLA already packed 100+ kWh (under the floor) leaving more space for passengers and luggage than large ICEVs. TESLA could do 120 to 140+ kWh within 24 months. All other manufacturers could do the same. It could be done with updated battery technology, without extra weight nor extra volume.
Electric vehicles (of all sizes) with FC range extenders are being developed at a much faster rate in the last 12+ months. Much lower cost H2 is now available in many places. Better FCEVs and lower cost H2 will start to replace dirty diesel units, specially where pollution is a major problem.
If 660 kWh and 350 miles extended range is offered by Proterra, they are getting very close to what is required for most city (8 to 16 hours) daily use. The next step will be for intercity e-buses with 1000 batteries or 660 kWh batteries with ultra quick charging facilities every 300 miles of so?
A mix of BEVs and FCEVs, for small and large vehicles respectively, may be a better solution to replace carbon fuel units. Since FCEVs have longer extended range and very quick refill capabilities, large H2 stations with plenty of local storage (200 to 300 miles apart) would do as basic H2 network. Electrolysers and more storage tanks could be added as demand increases.
@ change: Charging a heavy e-truck during 30+ minutes every hour will greatly reduce effective running time and will require about 50+% more trucks and drivers. An extended range (1000+ Km) hybrid with FCs could be a better solution? By 2030-2035 or so, 5-5-5 (1000+ KW) batteries may become another solution.
Fast-charging e-buses with Busbar, at each run-route end, use 10+% of useful run time or another 300 to 600+ buses and 750 to 1200 additional drivers in the fleet for large cities. This could change with (future) much larger batteries (400 kWh to 800+ kWh), good for one or two complete shifts. Larger battery packs weight and cost a lot more per extended range e-bus.
Could be ideal, specially in FCEVs, if it does not consume H2. Larger or more units in H2 buses could be ideal?
These new 350 KW charging facilities are getting closer to the level required to recharge extended range BEVs under 10 minutes. Another 350 KW (or 700 KW units) could do it?
A smart way to use standardized small H2 containers for large H2 stations. The same individual small containers could be used for buses, trucks, locomotives etc.
A good first step towards (clean) extended range FC Class 8 trucks. A hand to Toyota again.