AD #2362 – Anheuser Wants Hydrogen Network, Uber At Fault for Fatal Accident, How GM Balances Its Scale

May 25th, 2018 at 11:27am

Runtime: 8:00

0:35 Uber At Fault for Fatal Autonomous Accident
1:33 BMW & MIT Create Printed Inflatable Materials
2:47 Hydrogen Network for Fuel Cell Semi Trucks
3:45 Nikola Taps Bosch for Fuel Cell Development
4:09 Mercedes Expands E-Class Family
5:08 How GM Balances Its Scale

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7 Comments to “AD #2362 – Anheuser Wants Hydrogen Network, Uber At Fault for Fatal Accident, How GM Balances Its Scale”

  1. GM Veteran Says:

    Glad to see some coverage on Nikola, a company that has a much more comprehensive electric trucking solution than Tesla, not to mention a much bigger book of orders.

    The hydrogen hub system sounds like its tailor made for Anheiser Busch, yet it is exactly what Nikola has been planning for several years now. As AB is a major customer, perhaps they are tweaking the plan to accommodate their needs, but AB certainly did not devise this solution on their own. A review of the Nikola website and press releases from the truck introductions will provide the details of their plans.

  2. WineGeek Says:

    Perhaps the impetus from AB to utilize fuel cell trucks will increase availability of hydrogen for all drivers in a few years and make the ultimate clean vehicles available for every day use. If we can get increased availability of hydrogen fuel cells offer the possibility of an unlimited supply of non-exhaustible fuel that is clean and possibly even cheap, well ok lower priced. I’m sure one of the major energy companies will get into the mix and fill their pockets.

  3. Lisk Says:

    Isn’t hydrogen still at a point where it takes more energy to produce than you get? And with the added cost of the infrastructure and the trucks, there has to be some wicked tax incentives to make this practical.

    The Uber findings are troubling and further demonstrate that AVs are still quite a way off. Not being able to pick the difference between a plastic bag on a human pushing a bike is a major flaw in the logic programming. I’m not sure if a machine will ever be able to really tell the difference.
    I understand why Uber toned the system down, but they shouldn’t have done it on public roads. Even if the driver would have been alert would the accident still have happened? How long would the driver have taken to realize the car wasn’t going to stop and it was now in their hands?

  4. Bob Wilson Says:

    Full disclosure, I abhor Anheuser products, especially Budwiser. I’m also not a fan of hydrogen fuel cells.

    It takes about 3x as much electricity to make an equivalent amount of hydrogen. Electrolysis cells run hot and the oxygen dumped overboard. The renewable electricity source has to be increased in size and also power compressors to fill the high pressure tanks. The only salvation is once the manufacturing cost is paid, the fuel cells run about 2-3 times more efficient than typical gas or diesel engines. But they still need radiators to take away the waste heat.

    Cheap hydrogen is manufactured from steam reformulation of methane (see link.) Curiously, the Orkney Islands, the most advanced renewable-to-hydrogen test case appears to have just EVs with utility grade, hydrogen. They also have a 2 MW battery farm to buffer their grid. Fuel cell cars also need a hybrid sized battery to handle regenerative braking and acceleration power demands.

    There is an old joke about a contest where the first prize is a hydrogen fuel cell car and second prize is two. Shades of the EV1, most of the California fuel cell cars are leased.

  5. Len Simpson Says:

    One of these years—–wheel hub motors, relatively small battery pack , small, constant duty , diesel , gas , or turbine driven generator, less than 1/2 the gross weight of any existing power train—–kisskisskisskiss

  6. Len Simpson Says:

    https://www.siemens.com/global/en/home/products/energy/power-generation/gas-turbines.html#!/

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6 Interesting stuff. I had no idea that there were single gas turbines that big, weighing nearly a million pounds, and producing a half million horsepower.