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Recharge Wrap-up: Honda FCV Concept comes to Detroit, Toyota seeks young green energy fellows

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Honda FCV Concept

Honda will bring its FCV Concept to the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The hydrogen-powered concept made its Japanese debut in November, and will now make its way to North America for the first time. The FCV concept improves upon the design of the FCX Clarity with a more striking appearance and roomier interior. Its smaller powertrain packaging means more space for people, and the FCV Concept seats five passengers. Honda also expects the next-generation fuel-cell car, which is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in March 2016, to cost less and have a range of over 300 miles. Read more in the press release below.

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive has been awarded an environmental certificate from the TÜV Süd technical inspection authority. The certificate is based not just on the vehicle’s operation, but the entire lifecycle of the car, including production and recycling. The B-Class Electric Drive produces 24 percent less CO2 over its lifecycle than the Mercedes-Benz B180 when using the EU electricity mix, and 64 percent less when powered by hydroelectricity. Mercedes credits not just the use of electricity, but also the car’s energy management system – such as its radar-based regenerative braking – for its carbon reductions. Read more in the press release below.

Scania will test a wirelessly charged plug-in hybrid bus in Sweden. Beginning in June 2016, the bus will be put to daily use in Södertälje. One of its stops will have a wireless charging station where the bus will recharge for six to seven minutes before continuing on its route again. The charger is located under the road surface and the bus positions itself above it to charge inductively. About $1.3 million will come from the Swedish Energy Agency to fund the test project, which could save up to 90 percent of fuel costs. If expanded to a fleet of 2,000 buses, it could save up to 13 million gallons of fuel each year. Read more at Green Car Congress, and in the press release below.

Sandia National Laboratories and Linde are teaming up to expand hydrogen fueling infrastructure. The two groups have signed an agreement to research and develop new hydrogen stations, as well as ways to make fuel cell vehicles more desirable for consumers. They are looking at ways to incorporate hydrogen into existing fuel stations where possible, and make sure that it is able to be done safely. With help from the Department of Energy, the partners will also demonstrate a design approach for a hydrogen station that meets the standards of the National Fire Protection Association hydrogen safety code as a foundation for building future stations. Read more in the press release below.

Toyota and the Electrochemical Society (ECS) are requesting proposals from “young professors and scholars” for the ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship. The two groups hope to promote research and development of green alternatives to fossil fuels, and energy sources that reduce CO2 emissions and air pollution. At least one candidate under 40 years of age will be awarded a fellowship each year, along with a grant of at least $50,000 to perform the research. The groups are looking for projects that focus on feasible green energy technology with “unique, innovative or unconventional” approaches. Read more at the ECS blog.

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