Toyota Unveils A New Version Of ‘toyota Mirai' To Focus On Hydrogen-powered Cars

Toyota Unveils A New Version Of ‘Toyota Mirai' To Focus On Hydrogen-Powered Cars

Toyota was recently looking into the idea of a solar-powered car that never stops. Now, it looks like Toyota is looking for more alternative sources of power for its cars by focusing on its Hydrogen-powered cars.

It unveiled a new version for the Toyota Mirai – which takes the help of hydrogen-powered fuel cells to run.

Norway Hydrogen Station Explodes, Toyota And Hyundai Halt Sales

Norway hydrogen station explodes, Toyota and Hyundai halt sales

A hydrogen station in Norway experienced an explosion on Monday, and the company who runs the station has since shut down 10 other hydrogen stations, according to several local sources. The station was in a suburb of the country's capital of Oslo. As of now, Nel Hydrogen (company who supplied the hydrogen and equipment) doesn't have an official explanation for the cause of the explosion. Reports from Norwegian outlets still don't specify or speculate as to the reasoning. There were no injuries or deaths that were a direct result of the explosion, but two people were taken to the hospital after the force of the blast caused the airbags to deploy in their car nearby.

In response to the incident, both Toyota and Hyundai have halted sales of their hydrogen-powered cars in Norway. The stations that Nel Hydrogen shut down are located across both Norway and other countries in Europe. For some context on the ownership of this station, Nel Hydrogen and Uno X (traditional fueling station company) have a joint agreement in operating that particular location. Due to some of the few stations being shut down across several countries, folks with hydrogen cars don't have many options for filling their cars at the moment.

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.

Toyota's Research Institute In China Will Study Hydrogen, Green Tech

Toyota's research institute in China will study hydrogen, green tech

Toyota said on Sunday it was setting up a research institute in Beijing in partnership with Tsinghua University to study car technology using hydrogen power and other green technologies that could ease environmental problems in China. The initiative, outlined by Toyota's President and Chief Executive Akio Toyoda in a speech at Tsinghua University, is part of the Japanese carmaker's efforts to share more technology with China as it seeks to expand its business in the country by beefing up manufacturing capacity and distribution channels, a source close to Toyota said. The Tsinghua-Toyota Joint Research Institute will conduct research into cars and new technology to solve environmental problems in China, including reducing traffic accidents, Toyota said in a statement. The institute will "cooperate in research not only related to cars for Chinese consumers, but also in research related to active utilization of hydrogen energy that can help solve China's energy problems," the company said. The move dovetails with Toyota's announcement this month that it would offer carmakers and suppliers around the world free access to nearly 24,000 patents for electric vehicle technologies. Executive Vice President Shigeki Terashi told Reuters earlier this month that the automaker intended to become a tier 2 supplier of hybrid systems and that it had already received enquiries from more than 50 companies. (Reporting by Norihiko Shirouzu in Beijing; Editing by Susan Fenton)

Court Rejects Hydrogen Bomb Damages Suit

Court rejects hydrogen bomb damages suit

A Japanese court has rejected a damages lawsuit filed against the government in connection with the 1954 US hydrogen bomb test in the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.

The Kochi District Court handed down the ruling on Friday in the suit filed by a group of 45 people made up of former fishery workers and their bereaved families.

Panasonic Announces 3 Kinds Of Sensors For 'hydrogen Society'

Panasonic Announces 3 Kinds of Sensors for 'Hydrogen Society'

Panasonic Corp introduced three kinds of sensors that it is developing for "hydrogen energy society" in the "World of IoT" area at Semicon Japan 2017, which took place from Dec 13 to 15, 2017, at Tokyo Big Sight.

The three sensors are "ultrasonic gas flow meter," "IoT-compatible hydrogen detection sensor" and "UV light detection hydrogen flame visualization camera." For the ultrasonic gas flow meter, Panasonic applied its semiconductor chips and sensors for gas meters. Panasonic has a large share of the Japanese market for them. It measures gas flow rate by using an ultrasonic sensor and calculates the flow rates of gases including hydrogen by multiplying it by cross-section area.

Amid Global Electric-car Buzz, Toyota Bullish On Hydrogen

Amid global electric-car buzz, Toyota bullish on hydrogen

TOYOTA, Japan--At a car factory in this city named after Toyota, the usual robots with their swinging arms are missing. Instead, workers intently fit parts into place by hand with craftsmanship-like care.

The big moment on the assembly line comes when two bulbous yellow tanks of hydrogen are rolled over and delicately fitted into each car's underside.

Honda Doubles Filling Pressure Of Hydrogen Station

Honda Doubles Filling Pressure of Hydrogen Station

Honda Motor Co Ltd exhibited a hydrogen station that has a filling pressure of 70MPa at Ceatec Japan 2017, which took place from Oct 3 to 6, 2017, at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

This time, Honda increased filling pressure by 100%, compared with the previous model, so that the new hydrogen station can fully charge the company's "Clarity Fuel Cell" fuel-cell vehicle (FCV) equipped with a 70MPa tank as well as Toyota Motor Corp's "Mirai" FCV with hydrogen.

Toyota Thinks Hydrogen Will Reach Cost Parity With Hybrids By 2025

Toyota Thinks Hydrogen Will Reach Cost Parity With Hybrids By 2025

Toyota believes hydrogen-powered vehicles could become as affordable as hybrids by 2025.

While speaking at the Tokyo Motor Show, officials from the Japanese carmaker said that hydrogen fuel technologies are set to get much cheaper to produce and will prove more efficient in the coming years. Additionally, Toyota believes sales of hydrogen vehicles will rise sharply, despite the threat posed by electric vehicles.