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Plug Power releases more efficient forklift fuel cell 
Apr 4, 2018 | Times Union


Plug Power says it has created a new, more efficient fuel cell for its fork lift customers that the company says will reduce the need for refueling. The new fuel cell is called the GenDrive 2440-36R, and it is designed for Class-2 electric forklift trucks that are powered by batteries. Such electric fork lifts typically need to have their batteries changed out throughout the day, but when they have a fuel cell system attached, the batteries do not need to be changed out. Instead, the fuel cells, which run on hydrogen, just have to be refueled, about three times a day. Each refueling takes about three minutes, but the new GenDrive 2440-36R only needs to be refueled twice a day.

"This new GenDrive model stores more fuel on-board than earlier models, increasing run-time by 56 percent and reducing a customer's overall fueling time by more than 30 percent," the company said in a statement. "The first customer orders for these GenDrive units are scheduled to ship at the beginning of the third quarter of 2018."  

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2018 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell now at California dealerships 
Apr 4, 2018 | CNET


If you've been waiting to get your mitts on a hydrogen-powered 2018 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, today is your day. The vehicles are now available for lease in 12 Honda dealerships. Of course, there's a catch -- the cars are only available in California.

This is the second year the model has been available, and Honda has more-or-less held the line on pricing. A 36-month lease can be had for $369 per month with $2,868 due at signing, and California customers are eligible for a $5,000 rebate. Included in the lease are an allowance of 20,000 miles per year, $15,000-worth of hydrogen fuel and 24/7 roadside assistance. 

The lease also includes 21 days of luxury vehicle rental from Avis, a welcome perk for when lessees need to drive out beyond where they'd find hydrogen stations.

However, the biggest perk to driving a Clarity Fuel Cell is arguably its coveted California Clean Air Vehicle sticker, which allows single drivers access to the state's highway carpool lanes.  

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Department of Energy Announces $39 million for Innovative Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research and Development 
Apr 17, 2018 | USDOE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $39 million in available funding to support early stage research and development (R&D) of innovative hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. As one component of DOE’s portfolio, hydrogen and fuel cells can enable affordable and reliable energy that enhances economic growth and energy security. The work supported through this investment will address key early-stage technical challenges for fuel cells and for hydrogen fuel production, delivery, and storage related to hydrogen infrastructure.  

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