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Hennessey Venom F5: The New All-American Hypercar
Based in Texas, performance tuner Hennessey opened its doors back in 1991 by offering go-fast accessories and tuning kits for sports cars such as the Chevrolet Corvette, the Ford Mustang and the Dodge Viper. Over time, Hennessey started creating its own cars, and the latest one that has just been …The Hennessey Venom F5 should boast a carbon fibre body, which would give it a curb weight of 1338 kilograms (2950 lbs.). Thanks to a twin-turbo V8 engine of yet-unspecified displacement, the car should benefit from a cavalry of 1600 horsepower, all sent to the rear wheels via a single-clutch, seven-speed automatic gearbox.
Plenty of media attention is paid to all-electric and hybrid vehicles, but not to hydrogen-powered fuel-cell cars.
That is about to change, as hydrogen-powered cars could become a viable alternative to the internal combustion engine within the next decade.
Hydrogen is the most abundant chemical element in the universe and is used as fuel for rockets, as well as in the food, beverages, and pharmaceutical industries. It’s now being deployed in cars as an alternative transportation fuel in zero-emission vehicles.
New Electric School Bus Launched at Phase Change For Electric Transit
Daimler-owned Thomas Built Buses has just launched the company's first electric bus.Daimler-owned Thomas Built Buses has just launched the company's first electric bus. The new bus comes as school districts and transit commissions across the country are plugging in to the idea of electric public transport.
Hydrogen is a cleaner alternative to gasoline- and electric-powered cars, trucks and buses, which explains its appeal to consumers, automakers, and governments.
To create electricity to power a car battery and motor, hydrogen and oxygen are mixed in specially designed plates, which are installed inside a vehicle.
The advantages of hydrogen fuel-cell technology are many: Fuel-cell electric vehicles have a driving range of more than 480 kilometres on a single tank of hydrogen fuel; refuelling takes only a few minutes, similar to gas-powered engines; water is the only emission; and fuel cells have no moving parts, so there is less maintenance.
Honda, Toyota, and Hyundai are leading the charge in hydrogen-powered vehicles. The Honda Clarity, Toyota Mirai and Hyundai Tucson ix35 FCEV are three hydrogen-powered vehicles now commercially sold and leased in California (the Hyundai Tucson is35 FCEV is the only hydrogen car currently available in Canada).
Fiat, Hyundai In Talks For Partnership On Hydrogen Technology
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is in talks with Hyundai about strengthening a partnership that could see the Italian-based automaker develop hydrogen engines. Speaking Saturday at the Alfa Romeo Museum in Italy, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed the two companies were in talks.“There is the potential of a technical partnership with Hyundai,” he said to reporters. “Let’s see if we find a deal to develop transmissions and hydrogen.”Hyundai already supplies Fiat with some components and transmissions for the North American market, Marchionne added.
Other automakers, including General Motors, Volkswagen, and BMW, are also pursuing hydrogen fuel-cell technology, either through partnerships or independently.
Another use for hydrogen vehicles could be with autonomous vehicles, operating in highly populated urban areas. The quick refuelling time of a hydrogen-powered autonomous vehicle — compared to the longer ‘Level 2’ charging time of an electric vehicle — could make the former technology more attractive to consumers. A handful of hydrogen refuelling stations could support an entire fleet of vehicles.
At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Hyundai announced it will start testing a fuel-cell powered, sport utility vehicle forand aims to bring a model to the market by 2021.
According to a Government of Canada website, “Canada is recognized internationally as a global leader in hydrogen and fuel-cell research, development and early stage commercialization. Canada is a large producer and user of hydrogen and home to a significant concentration of hydrogen and fuel-cell expertise.”
California Could Ban Gasoline Vehicles After 2040
Back in September, we reported that California Governor Jerry Brown was interested in potentially stopping the sale of new vehicles with gasoline engines. At the time, no specific date had been chosen, as state lawmakers were only beginning to explore the idea. But a bill that will soon be introduced would put an end to statewidegas-powered carregistrations starting in 2040.
In 2016, Vancouver-basedreceived an order for five hydrogen electric fuel-cell engines to power clean energy buses in California. The company has collaborated for years with Tier 1 automotive manufacturers (Tier 1 companies are direct suppliers to auto manufacturers).
But, moving forward with hydrogen fuel-cell technology will be an uphill battle. The big challenge in Canada is a lack of refuelling stations across the country. Governments and private companies are reluctant to build these stations until they see greater consumer demand for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. It’s a chicken-and-egg situation.
Nevertheless, automakers are forging ahead with their own research and development of this emerging technology. No automaker wants to be left behind in the race to develop hydrogen fuel-cell technology.
For more information about the future of motive power and automotive technologies, plan to attend the 2018 Canadian International AutoShow, which takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Feb. 16-25.
Hyundai Shows Next-gen Fuel Cell at CES
Hyundai is showcasing a trio of new technologies at this week’s CES Show, all focused on connecting future technology with evolving mobility challenges.Hyundai’s next-generation hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicle equipped with new Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) technologies will be featured and its new name revealed.
Buy tickets online atand save 10 per cent up until the day the show opens, and avoid the lineups. Family admission passes, multi-day passes and group rates are available, along with a special online Super Tuesday ticket giving access to the show on Tuesday, Feb. 20 for just $14.
This column represents the views and values of the TADA. Write toor go to tada.ca. Larry Lantz is president of the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association and is a new-car dealer in Hanover, Ont.
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