Category: Hydrogen
How are Volt sales compared to the 24 other alt-power source vehicles?

WardsAuto U.S. Sales of Alternative Power Source Light Vehicles lists twenty-seven vehicles for sale as of November 2011. What are the cars and how is Volt faring compared to the other twenty-six vehicles? The twenty-seven, twenty-five if you don’t count the Mercury Milan and the Saturn Aura that are still listed, with the starting MSRP [...]

Bob Lutz on The John Batchelor radio show, Car guys vs. bean counters part 3

Bob Lutz talked to John Batchelor about his new book, Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business. Bob Lutz finishes his radio chat with John Batchelor show. This is the most humorous part of the show as Lutz talks about his Father, and bucky the beaver. Lutz contends that is [...]

I suppose I should be applauding the fourteen Senators that signed the letter to Secretary Chu asking him to keep the funding for the fuel cell and hydrogen programs alive. I understand that having fourteen senators sign any initiative is a coup de grace.  But really, how much of a no-brainer is it to sign [...]

Charlie Freese, on the hydrogen budget, on John Batchelor radio show

The United States has no energy policy. Every administration budgets money for its pet project, leaving the projects from the previous administrations in a lurch. Why? Charlie Freese is General Motor’s executive director for fuel cell activities. He was also a keynote speaker at the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy 2011 in Washington DC. How [...]

GM & Chrysler bonuses; UAW; hydrogen funding evaporated

General Motors and Chrysler to give bonuses to employees I completely agree with General Motors and Chrysler that their salaried employees have worked long and hard hours. I understand the desire to compensate them for that work. But should employees be compensated when the company isn’t making money and the company is asking for even [...]

Charles Freese, General Motors fuel cells, at the 2011 NAIAS

Charles Freese, executive director of General Motors Fuel Cell Activities, talked to me at the 2011 North American International Auto show in Detroit, MI. General Motors has 119 Equinoxs’ out on the road, but they are ready for the next step. The infrastructure. They have had to abandon California’s hydrogen highway. California ran out of money. [...]

Arwed Niestroj, Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell Manager showed off the new B-Class F-CELL, the first series production fuel-cell powered electric vehicle available in the U.S., at the 2010 Los Angeles auto show. Mercedes-Benz is the first manufacturer to offer a fuel-cell powered Zero-Emissions Vehicle that has been certified by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and CARB (California [...]

2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI – Bill Reinert is the  National Manager, Advanced Technology Group, Toyota Motor Sales USA. This is the second video in a 30 minute interview. This video talks about the RAV4 that was sold as an electric vehicle and some of the reasons it did fail and [...]

I first met Akimasa Yasuoka at the California Air Resources Board meetings. I ran into him again at the 2009 Los Angeles autoshow.  He updated me on the demands CARB is making on the auto industry. At the March 2008 Board Hearing, the California Air Resources Board (ARB or the Board) adopted modifications to the [...]

What is the future of the auto industry? Will the Chinese have manufacturing in the United States? Most car companies manufacture in the United States and that helps their currency hedging. China has: 1. cheap labr 2. socialized healthcare 3. and their currency is hard pegged to the United States Will Chrysler manufacture in the [...]