New hydrogen hub slated for vehicle research facility in Ypsilanti Township
YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP – A “hydrogen hub” could be built in Ypsilanti Township by mid-2023 to help advance hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. BayoTech, a hydrogen production company headquartered in New Mexico, aims to produce these hubs in communities with a growing demand for hydrogen. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles create electricity through a chemical reaction between the hydrogen from the car’s fuel tank and oxygen from the air. Brenda Stumbo, Ypsilanti Township supervisor, said the site’s next steps with the township involve receiving site plan approval from the city’s planning department and commission. Reid said ACM decided to look into a hydrogen supply after one of its tenants, Toyota Motor Corporation, brought up testing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles at the facility.mlive.com
Toyota inks 5-year lease, $6M total investment at Ypsilanti automated vehicle center
YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, MI - Toyota is investing $6 million in an autonomous vehicle research and test site at Willow Run. The car manufacturer announced on Nov. 10 that it had inked a nearly $3.5-million lease lasting five years for facilities on the American Center for Mobility campus in Ypsilanti Township. The self-driving vehicle hub, a partnership between Michigan state agencies, the University of Michigan and economic development groups, had its ribbon cutting in late 2017. The expansion of Toyota’s footprint “punctuates the permanency of the ACM smart mobility test center and innovation campus, as well as the state of Michigan, as the epicenter for global automotive and mobility technology development,” Kaehr said. More from The Ann Arbor News:Willow Run self-driving vehicle test site loses ‘proving ground’ designation$7.5M federal grant to aid American Center for Mobility, McityElectric vehicle race from NYC to LA makes pitstop in Ypsilantimlive.com
GM withdraws support for Trump's lawsuit against California over emissions
President Donald Trump delivers remarks at American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti, Michigan with General Motors CEO Mary Barra and other auto industry executives on March 15, 2017. General Motors is withdrawing from litigation led by the Trump administration against California over the state's right to set its own fuel economy and emissions regulations, distancing itself from President Donald Trump. In a letter Monday to environmental leaders, GM CEO Mary Barra said the company's decision to withdraw from the litigation is effective immediately. "We believe the ambitious electrification goals of the President-elect, California, and General Motors are aligned to address climate change by drastically reducing automobile emissions," Barra wrote. By withdrawing, GM is showing support for the incoming administration while distancing itself from Trump, who has publicly praised and condemned automakers during his tenure as commander in chief.cnbc.com
Peters, Dingell, Stabenow announce $7.5 million federal grant for Michigan's mobility ecosystem
ANN ARBOR - U.S. "The mobility industry as a whole is a key area of focus for Ann Arbor SPARK," said president and CEO Paul Krutko. This story was sponsored by Ann Arbor SPARK. About Ann Arbor SPARKAnn Arbor SPARK, a nonprofit organization, is advancing the region by encouraging and supporting business acceleration, attraction and retention. Ann Arbor SPARK collaborates with business, academic, government, and community investor partners.
American Center for Mobility breaks ground in Ypsilanti on driverless car test site
YPSILANTI, Mich. – The American Center for Mobility hopes to become the epicenter of autonomous vehicle development, and it took a major step forward Monday. It will spring from the old Willow Run auto plant to become a one-of-a-kind testing center. Workers broke ground on the site Monday, and Local 4 toured it with one of the people who wants to see the future invented on the site. An abandoned triple-decker bridge is ideal for the simulated highway loop. They expect to have the highway test loop completed by December 2017, which means the next tour might be given without a driver behind the wheel.