Toyota places $1-million order for vehicle hydrogen systems—for big rigs
Gary S. Vasilash
Editor-in-Chief, AutoBeat Group
Powertrains, “regional” vehicles to drive diversification
One of the things that Toyota did when developing the Prius—and realize that the vehicle was first available in 1997 so this is something that has been going on a long time (remember: part of Toyota is the “continuous improvement” mindset)—was to do as much in-house as possible in developing the technology.
#engineer #Toyota #Lexus
Although attention tends to be paid to what the OEMs are doing in the advanced development space—or simply to whatever Elon Musk is up to, or not—there is perhaps more action going on in the supplier space, at least among those suppliers who are dedicated to existing as the industry evolves.
While executives generally talk about planning horizons of a quarter of two, listen to Steve Center, vice president, Connected and Environmental Business Development for American Honda: “In the next 1,000 years, we need an environment that is hospitable.” And it seems that so far as Honda is concerned, there is no better time to start dealing with this long future than right now, so Honda is undertaking a program that is predicated on reducing emissions from its vehicles, as well as from its manufacturing operations.
#Honda #oem #GeneralMotors
In 2003, Saturn Corporation wanted to provide an additional reason for people to buy its compact crossover, the Vue, so execs at Saturn did something that was almost unthinkable at the time: To create the high-performance Saturn Vue Red Line they turned to Honda to provide a 3.5-liter, 250-hp V6.
#Saturn #Honda #HP
Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) announced last week that it will be building a fuel-cell power generation plant at the Port of Long Beach that will be powered by “bio-waste” from dairy farms in northern California, transforming the waste into water, electricity and hydrogen.
#Toyota #oem #HP