Are we ready for a hydrogen-powered Land Rover Defender?
Land Rover is joining Hyundai, Honda, Toyota and BMW in their quest to keep the hydrogen dream alive with an all-new FCEV (fuel cell electric vehicle) based on the 2022 Land Rover Defender. Car makers have been toying with the idea of making hydrogen cars for ages but these projects never really took off, mostly because producing and storing hydrogen is actually expensive and comparatively inefficient.
It is true that hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe but it is equally true that you can't just 'grab' hydrogen particles and fill your tank with them. Hydrogen has be compressed, stored, chilled and transported and the whole process is wasteful as up to 20-25% of the hydrogen you produce gets lost 'in transition' before it gets anywhere near the hydrogen tanks in your fuel cell vehicle.
Technological progress could ameliorate the issue but the problem is institutions and governments have done absolutely everything they could to force auto makers to build BEVs but they've largely been ignoring hydrogen even though many people within the industry seem to think using fuel cells is a more sensible solution than using batteries.
The aforementioned manufacturers haven't given up on hydrogen yet and as FCEVs (slowly) become more popular and with 10,000 new charging stations expected by 2030, Land Rover has decided to begin testing Defender FCEV in the UK by the end of the year.