No. The thing you see up there is not a glorified, oversized electric skateboard. Though it might very well be if there are giants that live among us. It is a thing called SURUS, the abbreviation for Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure, developed by General Motors. It is the next-generation of mobility leveraging on flexible fuel cell electric platform which, when paired with autonomous capabilities, is GM’s answer to the “toughest transportation challenges” posed by “natural disasters, complex logistics environments and global conflicts.” Continue reading GM’s SURUS Platform Is The Future Of Trucks With Autonomous Capabilities
We’re not going to dig into whether the two separate announcements of fuel cell car by the two auto giants were coincidence or intentional. In our previous article, you learnt about Honda’s plan for a 2016 fuel cell-powered ride, and on the same day, Toyota also made its FCV official, giving it a name and sticking a price tag on it. It is called Mirai, which literally means ‘future’ in Japanese. I guess they should consider changing it to ‘near future’, because fuel cell car Mirai is slated to go on sale or lease in California beginning fall 2015. What’s making the Mirai an attractive zero-emission alternative to the draggy takes-forever-to-charge electric variant is obvious: the range and the refueling time. The Mirai has a range of 300 miles and refuels in under five minutes. Additionally, it also touts a drivetrain with performance that rivals, if not better, today’s mid-size sedan. Continue reading Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle Takes a Jump from Concept to Production, Heading to California in 2015 for $57,500
If you were to ask us about the future of alternative fuel, our money will be on hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles. Why? The reasons are obvious. it can be topped to full in a few minutes in hydrogen stations and it could a long way per refill, if not more than the current gas-drinking variants. Those are good enough reasons for automakers like Daimler, Toyota and Honda to justify devoting the time and money into this technology and make it work, and make it work they did, or at least, Honda already did. The Japanese automaker has unveiled an all-new fuel cell concept car, simply dubbed as FCV Concept, which will be the base for the eventual production model that’s scheduled to hit the market in Japan by end of March 2016, followed by U.S. and EU markets. Continue reading Next Generation Honda Fuel Cell Vehicle Boasts Over 130HP, Set to go on Sale in 2016
talked about alternative fuel, who would have thought salt water could be one of them? first unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show back in March by Liechtenstein-based NanoFLOWCELL, the Quant e-Sportlimousine has reached another milestone with the recent approval by TÜV Süd for use on public roads in Germany and Europe. the four-seater exotic electric car is fueled by a fuel cell technology that’s based around the redox flow-cell systems. this system, which is a tried and tested technology, is said to have the ability to store and release electrical energy at very high energy densities, thus enabling the Quant e-sportlimousine to deliver an astounding driving range of up to 600 km (372 miles). Continue reading NanoFLOWCELL 912 HP Quant e-sportlimousine Feeds On Salt Water
first shown at the Tokyo Motor Show 2013, the Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle Concept Sedan or Toyota FCV Concept will be making its debut in North America at the 2014 International CES next month. the hype of electric-powered vehicles have overshadowed this other alternative fuel which, in our humble opinion, would be more practical form of energy as two hydrogen tanks are good for over 300 miles (about 483 km) and can be topped up in three minutes or less. slated to be available in “around” 2015, the FCV is essentially an electric vehicle, but fueled by fuel cell technology which basically, converts chemical energy from a fuel, and in this case it would be hydrogen, through a chemical reaction with oxygen to produce electricity and emits only water as its by product. Continue reading Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle Concept
need to stay off-the-grid for an extended period of time, like say, for about a week? in this case you can either lug along dozens of portable battery chargers to keep your portable devices juiced, or you could go with the UPP Portable Fuel Cell Power Pack which promised to deliver at least one week of charge even to the most power-hungry smartphones. the device consists of two parts: the fuel cell and a replaceable fuel cartridge, combined into a sleek, stick-like portable package that will keep your USB-powered devices such as eReaders, tablets, smartphones, and digital cameras, topped up without the need for power outlets. the selling point here really is the promised of extended period of time, which is needless to say a dream come true for serious gadget users and the best part is, of course the non-reliance of wall outlet; keeping this portable power pack top up will be as easy as replacing its fuel cartridge. Continue reading UPP Portable Fuel Cell Power Pack
and we thought hydrogen-based portable charging device has dropped off the chart. well, apparently it hasn’t. the Brunton Hydrogen Reactor Portable Power Pack is just one of them and it is one handy off-the-grid power supply for those who prefer not to put their mobile devices to the risk of fire, or extreme heat. power is generated by the way of mixing hydrogen from the rechargeable cells with oxygen from the atmosphere, without producing harmful emissions or byproducts like a gas-powered generator does and you don’t need to be at the mercy of the sun, like solar chargers do. you won’t even have hazardous batteries to dispose and also, you won’t be sucking on earth’s natural resources like fossil fuel. the juice generated can be used to charge an iPhone via USB port up to six times per hydrogen cell. Continue reading Brunton Hydrogen Reactor Portable Power Pack
Brookstone Fuel Cell Portable Charger | US$tba | www.brookstone.com
we love gadgets but like all geeks, we have only one gripe in general: the batteries don’t usually last long enough for us to fully utilize our gadgets’ features. yes, we do have portable batteries or chargers to give our gadgets a dose of juice when our they are low in juice but these batteries are still based on lithium-ion battery, who’s technology is pretty much stagnant. of course, makers can keep upping the capacity (thus increasing its physical size) for more charges but that would defeat the whole idea of portability. that’s where a pocket-sized fuel cell would come in handy. Continue reading Brookstone Fuel Cell Portable Charger
still remember the DeLorean Time Machine from Back to the Future II (Universal Pictures, 1985)? it had a Fusion reactor that ran on trash? looks like we are one step closer to that reality of using trash to power our vehicles, except that this particular RC car here feeds on aluminum pull-rings from our everyday drink cans or just any aluminum waste that are small enough to fit into the fuel tank. dubbed the dAIH2Orean, this RC car is not your run-of-the-mill radio controlled car, it is modified to run on aluminum soda ring cans, or aluminum residual parts mixed with hydroxide of sodium dissolved in water. Continue reading this RC car is powered by pull-rings from drink cans
Horizon MiniPak Handheld Fuel Cell Charger | US$99.00 | www.horizonfuelcell.com
hydrogen fuel cells and biofuel seems belittled by pure electric powered stored in lithium-ion batteries. over the years, we have heard less of the the two former technologies. however, Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies is set to bring back this technology, this time to the palm of your hands and it even has a desktop, home refueling system called “HydroFILL” to complement the portable pack, dubbed the MiniPak.
soon to release, the MiniPak integrates a passive air-breathing fuel cell and a metal hydride storage unit, where hydrogen is stored. power is delivered via its micro-USB port with different cable options and the portable charger itself, comes with a handy LED flashlight built-in. inside the MiniPak are the solid-state HydroSTIK batteries, a battery similar to the current alkaline battery in form factor, which can be purchase when more are required.
another option is to recharge the HydroSTIK yourself, right at your home. this is made possible with the home refueling system, HydroFILL which is touted as the world’s 1st personal hydrogen station. the science of breaking water into its H and O happens within this HydroFILL, all you need is to stick the HydroSTIK in the HydroFILL, add water and plug in to the electrical wall outlet. beside wall outlet, this charging station can also accept power supplied from solar panels, or power generated by wind turbines. HydroFILL is capable of topping up one HydroSTIK per hour.
Hydrogen tends to scare people off with its usual high pressure storage but the consumer-grade HydroSTIK turns the usual high pressure gas into solid-state form, stored in the metal hydride alloys and discharges them at low pressure. each HydroSTIK can store 11 Wh of energy which is equivalent to 10 disposal AA batteries (at 1W of continuous power consumption). the MiniPak retails at $99 while the HydroFILL will set you back at $500.