- Toyota FCV reveal, 25 June 2014, by Bertel Schmitt

The Future of Cars and The Automotive World

Talking about the rather palpable future of the automotive market.

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Hydrogen Cars, also known as Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, are the brand new, up-coming vehicle type of the decade. You may have heard of LPG, Liquid Petroleum Gas, cars and EVs (Electric Vehicles). However, Hydrogen cars are completely contemporary and have distinct characteristics that set them apart from LPGs and EVs. Hydrogen cars do not contain a primary electric motor or an internal combustion engine unlike other cars. Given the technological, infrastructural, and beneficial possibilities of hydrogen powered cars, they are certainly superior to LPGs and EVs, and considering the current environmental crisis, it is certain that hydrogen cars will replace normal cars in the future.

The technology of Hydrogen cars is simply amazing. The Fuel Cell inside cars is responsible for taking chemical energy (hydrogen) and an oxidizing agent (oxygen) and combining them to create electricity. This reaction begins when hydrogen cells at the anode lose their electrons through a catalyst. Then, the positively charged hydrogen ions get attracted to the negative terminal and they pass through the electrolyte to get there. Finally, the catalyst at the negative terminal recombines the electrons, hydrogen ions, and oxygen atoms to create water. Thus, the only waste of hydrogen cars is water; unlike LPG cars which produce carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxide, and any unburned fuel. This proves how eco-friendly hydrogen cars are.

Furthermore, hydrogen cars have many more advantages when compared to electric vehicles in terms of human benefit. For instance, according to Insider 1 in 5 electric car owners in California switched back to LPG vehicles because charging their cars was a large hassle. Considering that half a million electric cars have been sold in California since 2010, 20% is a large number. Unlike electric cars, hydrogen cars are similar to petrol cars in that they can be refilled immediately through hydrogen stations. This completely eliminates the inconvenience, eliminates the loss of time, and eliminates those anxiety filled moments where you wake up and realize that you’ve forgotten to plug-in you car when going to sleep.

In contrast to the greatness of hydrogen cars, some people blindly argue that there is simply no infrastructure, as if they were living under a rock like an insect for the past decade. The same argument was made for electric cars. However, just in a decade, the city infrastructure of metropolitan cities have grown all around the world to support electric vehicles. In fact, according to the Global Automotive Executive Survey of 2017, 78% of executives believe that hydrogen cars will have a greater long term benefit than electric cars. Thus, proving the possibilities, technological advancements and the global impact of hydrogen cars in terms of infrastructure.

Overall, the contemporary vehicle type, that is Hydrogen cars, is surely going to take over the automotive market in the following couple of years due to its clear superiority over LPGs and EVs. The enabling technology, beneficial convenience of usage, and the rapid development of its infrastructure will undeniably unshackle the future possibilities of Hydrogen cars.

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  • If they don't contain a "primary electric motor", how do they move?

    Hint: the proper name is FCEV, as in Fuel Cell ELECTRIC vehicle. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are electric vehicles.

      6 days ago