Toyota Halts Fuel Cell Vehicle Sales As Hydrogen Station Explodes

Toyota Halts Fuel Cell Vehicle Sales As Hydrogen Station Explodes


Toyota has decided to halt sales of fuel cell vehicles in Norway after a hydrogen refueling station exploded earlier this week. The company that operated the station has also suspended operations at all of its other locations after the explosion. Hyundai has had a similar response to Toyota, it has temporarily stopped selling its fuel cell vehicles as well.

Even before electric cars become widely known as the one true alternative to combustion vehicles, hydrogen fuel cell technology has been regarded as one of the possible alternatives. However, such vehicles aren’t all that popular, largely due to the efficiency of the powertrain itself and longstanding concerns about the potential safety risks of using liquid hydrogen.

First Batch Of Nuclear Fuel Transferred

First batch of nuclear fuel transferred

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it has transferred the first batch of nuclear fuel from one of the damaged reactor buildings to a storage facility.

Each of the plant's reactor buildings has a fuel storage pool inside, separate from the reactors that suffered meltdowns.

Fuel Removal Underway At Fukushima Plant

Fuel removal underway at Fukushima plant

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant began removing nuclear fuel rods from a storage pool in one of the damaged reactor buildings on Monday.

This is the first time Tokyo Electric Power Company has removed fuel from any of the three buildings housing reactors that melted down after an earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan in 2011.

Tepco Starts Removing Fuel From Storage Pool

TEPCO starts removing fuel from storage pool

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has begun removing nuclear fuel from a storage pool inside one of the damaged reactor buildings at the complex.

This is the first time for Tokyo Electric Power Company to remove fuel from any of the three buildings housing reactors that underwent meltdowns after the earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan about eight years ago.

Tepco To Begin Removing Fuel From Reactor Pool

TEPCO to begin removing fuel from reactor pool

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant will soon begin removing nuclear fuel from a storage pool inside one of the damaged reactor buildings at the complex.

Tokyo Electric Power Company will start removing fuel from the pool of the No.3 reactor building on Monday.

2020 Toyota Supra Fuel Economy Revealed

2020 Toyota Supra fuel economy revealed

Here it is, folks, the information you've been most eager to learn about the 2020 Toyota Supra: fuel economy! Wait, you say that wasn't what had you most excited? Oh well, we're going to talk about it anyway. The EPA's FuelEconomy.gov has just listed the BMW-powered sports car, and it gets 24 mpg in the city, 31 on the highway and 26 combined.

Those are fairly solid numbers, even more so when compared with its German sibling, the BMW Z4. The EPA has only listed numbers for the four-cylinder Z4, but it only gets one more mpg in the city and on the highway, and two more in combined. This is despite the fact that it makes 80 less horsepower and 70 less pound-feet of torque than the 335-horsepower Supra. And when both cars cost the same amount of money, the Supra seems like the obvious choice unless you have to have your BMW-derived sports car with a drop top.

Toyota Will Develop A Manned Fuel-cell Lunar Rover

Toyota will develop a manned fuel-cell lunar rover

TOKYO — Toyota and Japan's space agency said on Tuesday they had agreed to cooperate in developing a manned lunar rover that runs on fuel cell technologies. Although Japan has no plan currently to make a manned rocket that could send people into space, the rover could be a major contribution to an international space program in the future, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said. The rover "will be an important element supporting human lunar exploration, which we envision will take place in the 2030s," JAXA Vice President Koichi Wakata told a symposium in Tokyo. "We aim to launch such a rover into space in 2029." The rover is still in the conceptual stage, but an illustration in the news release showed a six-wheel vehicle that somewhat resembled an armored personnel carrier. A spokesman for Toyota, which plans to ramp up fuel-cell cars as a zero-emission alternative to gasoline vehicles, said the project would give the company a chance to test its technologies in the moon's harsh environment and improve them. Toyota Executive Vice President Shigeki Terashi stressed the excitement that comes with taking part in a space project. "As an engineer, there is no greater joy than being able to participate in a lunar project by way of Toyota's car-making," Terashi told the symposium. "Being allowed to be a member of 'Team Japan,' we would like to take up the challenge of space."

Honda, Acura Recall Ridgeline, Accord, Mdx, Tlx For Various Fuel Pump Issues

Honda, Acura recall Ridgeline, Accord, MDX, TLX for various fuel pump issues

Honda and Acura have issued two separate fuel pump-related recalls for Ridgeline pickups, as well as Accord and TLX sedans, and MDX SUVs. Affected Ridgelines could have an increased risk of fire, while the Accord, TLX, and MDX could potentially stall out while driving.

According to NHTSA campaign No. 19V053000, Honda is recalling 106,683 2017-2019 Ridgelines because the fuel pump feed port could crack when exposed to certain acids, including car wash soaps. If it cracks, it could leak pressurized fuel, which could catch fire. Vehicles with this defect are subject to a free fuel pump replacement, as well as an extra fuel pump cover.

Tepco Video Shows Suspected Fuel Debris

TEPCO video shows suspected fuel debris

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has released video shot during a survey of what's believed to be fuel debris in its No. 2 reactor.

In the survey on Wednesday, a device for the first time made contact with the debris believed to be a mixture of molten nuclear fuel and structural parts.

Tepco: Probe Touched Suspected Fuel Debris

TEPCO: Probe touched suspected fuel debris

The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says a probe made direct contact with substances believed to be fuel debris at one of the plant's reactors.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, conducted its first contact survey of suspected fuel debris at the Number 2 reactor on Wednesday.