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New video shows how the Hyundai Nexo creates energy on-demand using hydrogen

The Hyundai Nexo is powered by hydrogen.

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The NEXO and Mirai aren't available for sale in much of the United States. However, their automakers, Hyundai and Toyota respectively, see the vehicles as the future of transportaiton.

The a world of hydrogen-powered cars, trucks, and SUVs isn't as crazy as it seems. There is plenty of naturally occurring hydrogen in the world and the technology is already figured out, for the most part. The central issues revolve around delivery to vehicles (pumping stations), moving supply around the world (pipelines), and local legislation (outdated laws concerning transporting hydrogen across bridges and in tunnels).

There's also a large education gap between engineers and consumers. While messaging concerning only water vapor coming out the tailpipe has been around for a while, the average shopper doesn't understand how a hydrogen-powered vehicle uses the fuel, and why it's safe.

A new video from Hyundai in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day earlier this week shows how the Nexo fuel cell stack creates propulsion energy on demand. This is in contrast to battery-electric vehicles, and more in line with the style of workings of a traditional hybrid car.

"We're very proud of Hyundai's fuel cell SUVs accumulating well over ten million miles in time for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, 2020," said Brian Smith, chief operating officer, Hyundai Motor America. "Our newest NEXO fuel cell SUV truly sets the standard for zero-emissions travel in California, and it does so in the flexible SUV body configuration that many families desire to meet their active lifestyle needs. With up to 380 miles of range and a refueling speed of only five minutes, our newest NEXO is truly a vision for a zero-emissions future, available from Hyundai today."

How Fuel Cell Vehicles Work | Nexo | Hyundai www.youtube.com

Hyundai and Toyota continue to invest in hydrogen study and production. Toyota's U.S. operation is working with legislators to change laws and develop plans for more hydrogen stations while their team in Japan is planning to build an entire hydrogen-fueled town at the base of Mt. Fuji.

Hyundai is developing more hydrogen-powered vehicles and seeking to influence adoption practices worldwide. Hyundai Motor Group Executive Vice Chairman and Hydrogen Council Co-chair Euisun Chung recently outlined the path forward in a speech at the third meeting of the Hydrogen Council earlier this year.

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The 2021 Ford F-150 will come in a hybrid variant

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If Ford is making anything clear these days, it’s that the future all-electric F-150 won’t just just a mundane street car. The future model will be capable of achieving the same feats as the rest of the company’s family of full-size pickup trucks, if not with more gusto than its relatives.

Ford has confirmed that the battery-electric (BEV) F-150 will be on sale in just a few years. To get to that point, there’s a lot of work that isn’t just going into product development, but also into facilities development. Demand for the F-150 BEV is expected to be high and Ford’s Rouge Complex can’t absorb it as the plant stands now.

Ford Rouge Complex The Ford plant in Dearborn will be the home of the F-150 electric truck.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The company will invest $700 million in the Dearborn, Michigan plant to include a new high-tech manufacturing home for the model. The investment will add 300 jobs. This $700 million is on top of the $1.45 billion that Ford is spending to equip its Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan to produce the Ranger and Bronco.

"We are proud to once again build and innovate for the future here at the Rouge with the debut of our all-new F-150 and the construction of a modern new manufacturing center to build the first-ever all-electric F-150," said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. "This year's COVID-19 crisis made it clear why it is so important for companies like Ford to help keep our U.S. manufacturing base strong and help our country get back to work."

The all-electric Ford F-150 is expected to come to market in mid-2022. The redesigned 2021 F-150 will come to market later this year and include a new hybrid powertrain option dubbed the F-150 PowerBoost.

Recently, the company captured video of the F-1500 BEV testing in the wild.

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The Chevrolet Silverado will be offered with a new, multi-way tailgate for the 2021 model year.

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Buyers love the GMC Sierra’s MultiPro Tailgate so it was only a matter of time before General Motors brought it over to the Chevrolet Silverado. That time has arrived.

Chevy will introduce the six-way tailgate on the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado at the end of the year. Instead of being known as the MultiPro Tailgate, the feature will be rebranded and called the Multi-Flex Tailgate. Yes, with the hyphen and everything.

The Chevrolet version of the tailgate really isn’t much different than the GMC version. The biggest difference is that it wears bow tie badging.

It’s functionality includes:

  • Primary gate — opens from the key fob, from inside the truck or via a button on the gate.
  • Primary gate load stop — helps prevent items from sliding out of the box.
  • Easy access — the inner gate folds down, allowing a deeper reach into the box.
  • Full-width step — the inner gate folds into a large step for easy access and holds up to 375 pounds.
  • Inner gate load stop — helps prevent second-tier items from sliding out of the box.
  • Inner gate with work surface — when opened, provides a work surface as well as second-tier loading.
It is likely that the Multi-Flex Tailgate will cost a premium when it arrives on dealer lots and it probably won’t be available on all Silverado models. In the video above, Chevrolet shows the tailgate on the Silverado High Country, its highest trim level.
In addition to the tailgate news, Chevrolet has already revealed that it will offer a Realtree Edition of the Silverado 1500 for the 2021 model year. It will feature familiar features and appointments that exemplify the Realtree brand.

The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado is slated to go on sale later this year.

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