Maybe hydrogen is the way to go?

At least on big some cars...

The race to be the lowest emission brand is on. It's not only because big car manufacturers want to look "green" but because, ultimately, it will become illegal to be a persistent polluter.

From 2021, the manufacturers who want to operate in Europe must accomplish the new standard of 95g CO2/km and, of course, if they fail to reach it, they'll be fined for each individual gram over the limit.

Before you go to the comments crying about the end of the V12, there are exemptions for manufacturers. For example, Lamborghini sold almost 6000 cars in 2018, that means they can enter as "small volume manufacturer" and ask for a derogation they find appropriate.

"hydrogen fuel cells make more sense because of the quick fill-up".

Nick Rogers, JLR head of engineering.

"The larger the vehicle the larger the aero challenge. If you're not careful you end up with such big batteries and you make the vehicles so heavy that as you race down the autobahn the range disappears". Those are the words of Nick Rogers, JLR head of engineering on Europe AutoNews. Nick also said that hydrogen fuel cells make more sense for the future because they can be 'filled' much faster.

Now, hydrogen brings a couple of new problems. The biggest one being that it is not zero-emission energy, and zero is what most brands are aiming for.

Another problem is the price. It's not a secret that most brands haven't dedicated as much research to hydrogen-powered cars as they have to fully electric powerplants and that means that Hydrogen cars are more expensive than any other option. The difference is so big that prices can't be comparable until 2025.

But what do you think? With technology advancing in both electric and hydrogen power systems, they will soon match gasoline in terms of range. Accessibility is, however, will continue to remain an issue.

Source: EuropeAutonews.

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  • Hydrogen power is just fools talking. The are so many issues with hydrogen. First you need to spend a huge amount of energy to make it. Think electric power, lots of it.. Then you need to spend a huge amount of energy to compress it for storage. Then you need to ship to the fuelling point, very few of these. Then refuel a vehicle with compressed hydrogen. Then run it through a fuel cell to make electricity. As each step of this process, creation,storage, ship and generation introduces considerable losses you are running a highly inefficient system.

    Compared to electricity, highly efficient. We have a national grid allowing charging anywhere. Generation, transmission, storage and motors are all super efficient, cheap and proven.

    Hydrogen is for fools. Just ask Toyota how many electric hybrids and plugin they have sold compared to the handful of hydrogen powered cars.

      1 year ago
    • Alastair, hold that thought and go to Scotland. I cant remember the name of the town but it is all hydrogen powered. They have so much wind power they cant store it so they use the wind to create the hydrogen. This hydrogen powers all vehicles...

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        1 year ago
    • What do you think electricity was when it was new???

      There is more research needed to make hydrogen fuel cost effective, more importantly from the manufacturers which they won’t do as they have invested heavily on battery cars

      My simple...

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        1 year ago
  • I don’t think electricity or hydrogen are viable options at the moment. The tech is on its way so hopefully one will be in the future. The trouble with electric cars are that they are effectively coal powered cars, because most of the electricity is produced via coal or fossil fuel power stations. If hydrogen tech can be simplified it’s would probably be a better option.

      1 year ago
    • Well, that is depending on the country. For example, 98% of Norway's electricity comes from renewable energies. If more countries would do that probable there wouldn't be so much pressure on car manufacturers though.

        1 year ago
    • The argument that electricity mostly comes from coal is flawed, and changing rapidly in most of the Western World as Solar & Wind farms proliferate. As an Australian living in a climate very similar to California, I get my electricity from...

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        1 year ago
  • I don't know nor care too much, my current plans are finding a job to save money for my car and finding a way to brew about 30l liters of ethanol per month, as far as I am concerned everybody else can get their progress and future and chok-I mean, do whatever they want as long as they keep it to themselves.

      1 year ago
  • BMW already have hydrogen powered cars ready to go into production when the infrastructure is there.

      1 year ago
    • which it will never be

        1 year ago
    • As I said for years, electric vehicles are NOT the future, all the goverments are pushing out this zero emissions figures fast, so it doesn't give time to research real sustainable future, litium ion batterys are a giant liability, and if...

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        1 year ago
  • Hydrogen was also tested in conventional internal combustion engines as well back in 1990's.

      1 year ago
    • Didn’t Honda make a hydrogen powered car nearly 20 years ago called the clarity

        1 year ago
    • Honda only made the clarity recently in this century. BMW, Daimler/Chrysler, GM, Mazda and I think Ford and Peugeot did prototype cars that ran on hydrogen through a internal combustion engine and a electric fuel cell set up in the 1990's-...

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