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 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:
The hydrogen will be sourced via renewable means, from California agricultural waste.
The plant will generate enough electricity to power about 2,350 homes.
The fueling station will meet the daily driving needs of nearly 1,500 fuel cell cars.
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.
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.
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.