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LA Auto Show: Subscription cars, a hydrogen-powered port and — the Batmobile?




Toyota will open a new Tri-Gen facility at the Port of Long Beach that will use hydrogen fuel cells to generate electricity and a hydrogen fueling station powered 100% renewably.
Toyota will open a new Tri-Gen facility at the Port of Long Beach that will use hydrogen fuel cells to generate electricity and a hydrogen fueling station powered 100% renewably.
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On the eve of the L.A. Auto Show public opening, Toyota announced it will build a new hydrogen-powered electricity plant and fueling station that can generate 100 percent renewable hydrogen.

Toyota's Project Portal Class 8 truck can haul 80,000 tons of cargo using two hydrogen fuel cells from the Toyota Mirai sedan.
Toyota's Project Portal Class 8 truck can haul 80,000 tons of cargo using two hydrogen fuel cells from the Toyota Mirai sedan.
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TOYOTA TRI-GEN POWER PLANT AND HYDROGEN FUELING STATION 

Toyota will build the world’s first megawatt-scale fuel cell power generation plant with a hydrogen fueling station to support its operations at the Port of Long Beach:

Earlier this year, the automaker started using some of the fuel cells from its Mirai fuel cell vehicle in a heavy-duty Class 8 truck called "Project Portal," one that’s been operating down at the port.

2018 GREEN CAR OF THE YEAR

The Green Car Journal awarded its 2018 Green Car of the Year award to the Honda Clarity, which is available in three versions: as a hydrogen fuel cell electric, a battery electric and a hybrid.

INTEL PARTNERS WITH WARNER BROS.

Intel, the computer chip maker, announced that it is partnering with Warner Brothers studios to develop in-cabin, immersive experiences for self-driving cars using virtual reality. The new AV Entertainment Experience will be incorporated into one of the cars in Intel’s 100-car self-driving car fleet. 

One of the experiences will let passengers in AV simulate the experience of riding in the Batmobile as it drives through the streets of Gotham City.

Care by Volvo is a new subscription service that lets drivers subscribe to the new XC40 at a monthly price of $600-700, including insurance, maintenance and roadside service.
Care by Volvo is a new subscription service that lets drivers subscribe to the new XC40 at a monthly price of $600-700, including insurance, maintenance and roadside service.
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VOLVO SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE FOR ITS NEW XC40

Volvo joins Cadillac and Ford in offering car subscriptions. On Wednesday, it announced a new subscription service called "Care by Volvo" that lets drivers subscribe to its new XC40 compact crossover rather than buy or lease it. The $600 to $700 monthly payment includes insurance, maintenance, and roadside assistance.

Motor Trend named the Alfa Romeo Giulia 2018 Car of the Year
Motor Trend named the Alfa Romeo Giulia 2018 Car of the Year
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2018 MOTOR TREND CAR, SUV AND TRUCK OF THE YEAR

Motor Trend awarded the Alfa Romeo Giulia its coveted 2018 Car of the Year Award -- and not the expensive version, either.

The award went to the base model, which costs $38,000. The four-door sedan impressed Motor Trend with its “exciting driving performance” and good looks, beating out the Tesla Model 3 and the Honda Accord.

Honda won SUV of the Year for its CR-V, which Motor Trend praised for its roominess and flexible interior space.

Truck of the Year went to the Ford F-150, for its engine, transmission and high level of technology - even in the lowest priced versions of the truck.