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March 8th, 2022 | 13:30 CET

First Hydrogen, Tesla, Toyota - Hydrogen leads the way in logistics

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For today's International Women's Day, we look at the discoverers of hydrogen sources. There are virtually no climate-damaging emissions where hydrogen is already being used as a form of propulsion today. First Hydrogen is a company that has chosen hydrogen-powered logistics vans as its niche to bring providers like Amazon and UPS up to speed. Things are finally getting mobile at the Gigafactory just outside Berlin, as Elon Musk gets the green light for the start-up. Meanwhile, Toyota's assembly line is at a standstill due to a cyberattack. The Japanese carmaker is also struggling with an emissions scandal involving a subsidiary.

time to read: 6 minutes | Author: Juliane Zielonka
ISIN: First Hydrogen Corp. | CA32057N1042 , TESLA INC. DL -_001 | US88160R1014 , TOYOTA MOTOR CORP. | JP3633400001

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    First Hydrogen - A zero-emission alternative

    Today is International Women's Day, and in Berlin, it is has been declared a public holiday by the Senate. International Women's Day is a worldwide holiday celebrated annually on March 8 to commemorate women's cultural, political, and socio-economic achievements.

    In addition to the obligatory bouquet of flowers, how about some well-chosen Clean Energy shares, paired with a knowledgeable lead on famous women from history, to surprise your loved one or yourself today? Let us remember Cecilia Helena Payne-Gaposchkin (1900 - 1979) today. She was an English-born American astronomer and astrophysicist who proposed in her 1925 doctoral thesis that stars are composed primarily of hydrogen and helium.

    When Cecilia Payne began her study of stellar spectra, scientists believed that the relative abundance of elements in the atmosphere of the sun and stars was very similar to the Earth's crustal composition. Accordingly, Cecilia was pretty much on her own with her theory. But she completed her thesis in 1925 with the realization that there was little doubt that stars were composed largely of hydrogen. Cecilia concluded that the sun and stars are dominated by hydrogen and helium, unlike Earth. And she was right on the money.

    Today, there is a desperate search for new and greener energies to keep the global economy running on Earth. Hydrogen is proving to be an efficient and competitive solution to meet the increasing demand for energy and the need for sustainable and renewable energy. According to new statistics, women make up about 30% of researchers and employees in the renewable energy industry.

    One candidate from this industry is First Hydrogen. The Company offers an opportunity to invest in a clean hydrogen mobility system (utility van) built from the ground up - without the traditional fossil fuel legacy. The business model is simple: take the best in the field, bring them together as a joint venture and focus on developing a hydrogen-powered van to secure delivery routes in the logistics industry in an environmentally friendly way.

    Onboard with First Hydrogen, among others, is Ballard Power, a Canadian manufacturer of fuel cells. Ballard's fuel cell transit buses, already in use, have become an international sensation, dominating 73% of the total market share in North America and Europe. Another design partner is AVL. AVL develops cost-efficient and innovative systems for effective CO2 reduction. With more than 11,000 employees, it is the world's largest independent engineering, simulation and testing company in the automotive and other industries.

    Currently, First Hydrogen is in the pre-commercialization phase of its fleet and is in negotiations with logistics providers such as Amazon and UPS. First Hydrogen's planned van is expected to travel 500km on a hydrogen energy source. Investors can learn more here.

    In Japan, buses and commercial vehicles powered by fuel cells are already in use to make the country competitive in reducing CO2. They are already a step ahead and are starting the first test runs with hydrogen-powered trains. According to Bloomberg, the train will start next month. So to the stars and back? Hydrogen has long since arrived in everyday life as a renewable form of energy. I wonder if Cecilia Payne could have dreamed of this when she made her discovery. We can only hope that more researchers will discover our world - and that we will be able to use the resources that will enable us to achieve environmentally-friendly mobility.

    Tesla - Gigafactory near Berlin finally on the starting grid

    Good news for Elon Musk and his investors: the Gigafactory near Berlin will finally start! Gone seem to be the battles with conservationists who wanted to save the habitat of the native bat rather than create new jobs.

    The factory just outside Berlin is a major hub for Tesla in Europe. It has the potential to produce more than 500,000 vehicles a year over the next 12 to 18 months, with the Model Y taking center stage. Given the tense political situation, whether this all comes to fruition is a question of supply capacity. Currently, there are five- to six-month delays on the Tesla Model Y in various parts of the world. The site near Berlin is expected to help eliminate these production bottlenecks.

    However, the dispute with conservationists remains controversial. The factory is located in the middle of a drinking water protection area. Last week, the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) and the Green League achieved a partial victory at the Administrative Court in Frankfurt/Oder in their lawsuit against the Gigafactory. Both federations had complained against the national environmental office. It had allowed waterworks to pump more water, and it was precisely because of this that the water association was able to conclude a supply contract with Tesla. Knowing how - in the wild east. The associations discovered procedural errors in the procedure for increasing the water volume and were partially correct.

    But Tesla is showing its usual determination. The careers website shows that it is busy looking for personnel in the triple-digit range to finally start production at the Grünheide site.

    Toyota - Share price slumps after emissions data cheating

    Even in the land of the rising sun, not everything that shines brightly is rosy. Yesterday, the shares of Toyota subsidiary Hino suffered the biggest price slump in more than two decades. The stock fell a whopping 16.8% in the first trading session after the Company admitted falsifying emissions data. Hino is responsible for the production of trucks.

    Shares of Japanese automakers Toyota and Nissan were hit by the disclosure. Toyota fell 7.5% and Nissan 8.6%. Hino had cheated by replacing the cleaning system during the emissions test. The data manipulation was uncovered during the Company's investigation into pre-shipment inspections of cars sold in Japan after it failed to comply with US regulations for vehicles sold in North America.

    Last week, Toyota made the headlines again as its supplier Kojima Industries was hit by a cyberattack. "The big companies are pretty advanced with their measures, but many of their subcontractors and sub-subcontractors are not. There simply aren't enough technical staff to keep up - and within the companies, the IT departments have no leverage," explains Takamichi Saito, professor and director of the cybersecurity lab at Meiji University in Tokyo.

    Toyota then took 14 sites offline for two days to get the situation under control. This incident shows how fragile smaller businesses, in particular, are in digital times. Some sources speculate that Russian hackers may be behind the cyberattack. Japan decided on Thursday to freeze the assets of four Russian banks from April 2, bringing Tokyo's total to seven banks with such sanctions.

    Fudged fossil fuel emissions figures are causing a tangible data scandal in Japan, which investors are making parent company Toyota feel with share price drops. Given the tense political global economic situation, whether the car company will recover quickly from this remains questionable. Supply bottlenecks are causing shortfalls, especially in the automotive sector. Regardless, Tesla is hiring countless new employees for its Gigafactory in Grünheide near Berlin to start production at the plant - even with a half-hearted eye on the complaints of environmentalists. Anyone who wants to invest cleanly in the mobility of the future should take a closer look at First Hydrogen. Hydrogen has already arrived in logistics; see also innovation pioneer Japan.

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    Der Autor

    Juliane Zielonka

    Born in Bielefeld, she studied German, English and psychology. The emergence of the Internet in the early '90s led her from university to training in graphic design and marketing communications. After years of agency work in corporate branding, she switched to publishing and learned her editorial craft at Hubert Burda Media.

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