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Why Hydrogen combustion could be the future.

Are Hydrogen Combustion Vehicles underrated? Here`s why Hydrogen can save ICE and the environment as well.

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"Alvaro martínez" is a freelance writer who writes articles in his spare time and works making automotive reviews and many many more things

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When people tell me we will drive electric cars everywhere and how wonderful it will be to charge your car at home (And later have a heart attack after seeing the electricity bill) I always agree to disagree with such statement, There are many ways to move around the world without setting off Thunberg`s climate "emergency" radar and at the same time have fun with our sticks and clutch pedals without worrying about emissions.

So far... the most simple answer for enthusiasts & environmentalists comes from...Hydrogen? I can explain to you why Hydrogen could help enthusiasts and the enviroment alike.

1-Hydrogen is available everywhere, practical & easy to get.

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"if you supercharge a battery in 30min you`re affecting the battery life of your EV..."

The planet we live in is 71% water with a 0.7% of it being drinkable water, the rest of it is 29% land, If you don`t know it H20 is the symbol of water, with it is 1 part of hydrogen and two parts of Oxygen, Like petrol you have to do a process to separate the hydrogen from water, the process of electrolysis can also use solar & eolic or other clean energy sources for the process. The hydrogen can also be delivered through pipelines as well just like with natural gas or petrol, would you prefer a quick refuel for 5 minutes on a hydrogen station? or 30 min to 2 hours charging your car enlarging your electric bill?

I`m also pretty aware that the poles are melting down making our sea levels rise every year thanks to global warming, In theory by using Hydrogen we could drink away the sea which threatens to drown us sooner or later completely reversing the situation environmental doomers predicted according to environmentalism biased studies.

We also must bear in mind one more thing regarding practicality and usability, if you supercharge a battery in 30min you`re affecting the battery life of your EV. and sooner or later you`ll have to dump a toxic battery into the environment so hard you`re trying to save.

In the other hand, You can pump hydrogen into a tank just like you would with Gas, You can make your EV run in hydrogen, Or you can make your old ICE car to run on hydrogen being environmentally friendly, it is faster to stuff a fuel in a tank than stuffing into a battery pack thousands of electrons, do you Imagine what could happen in 30 minutes? Arriving late to a funeral, a job interview... 5 minutes is certainly a clear advantage over batteries.

2-Hydrogen is clean & pretty Versatile.

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As we all know ICE cars emit Nox, Mox, C02... Electric cars don`t emit any kind of emissions during idling or moving, but still, they do emit C02 indirectly to the atmosphere due to the many energy stations using dirty energy sources making it pointless in the aspect of reducing emissions directly & indirectly, a 0 emissions car must NOT produce any kind of emissions during manufacturing, running,iddling or even recycling, and... it doesn`t have to be necessarily an EV.

What kind of Emissions a Hydrogen car emits? well, Hydrogen cars do emit something from the exhaust pipe but... surprisingly the emissions a hydrogen car emits are safe to breathe and... drink? That`s right, Hydrogen cars do emit water steam which can also be transformed back into water to be used again. Remember the cycle of water? Hydrogen can be reused over & over if we turn steam clouds back into water and so on.

In some big cities During rush hours or always... Any kind of car without a emissions label or with a yellow one (which indicates it`s a polluting car) can get banned from city centers due to emitting pollution, Hydrogen cars however only emit water steam to the atmosphere, A Petrol-powered vehicle can also be made to run on hydrogen with a few modifications and at the same time, It will conserve its characteristic sounds making any everyday commute a rather easy task without having to worry about restricted emissions zones.

3- They aren`t exactly slow by any means

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When it comes to speak about environment-friendly cars everyone talks about the Model S P100D but they forget about Bmw`s H2R record Breaking car. The Bmw H2R 15 years ago obtained the speed record clocking 187.6Mph using a V12 engine with Valvetronic & Double VANOS using the Bmw 760I as base, Just for you to get an Idea... a Model S P100D packing over 700hp in all motors can get to 155mph while the hydrogen H2R can hit easily 187mph with only 232hp under the hood, that`s exactly a difference of...468hp!

I also have to mention other hydrogen sports cars like the H2 designed by Pininfarina oriented to be track beast which can refuel in only 3 minutes, not to mention the forgotten RX-8 Hydrogen RE made by Mazda to show the potential of hydrogen (And also Rotary engines seem to work better with gaseous combustibles than liquid ones, this could mean that there is a possibility of rotary powered vehicles in the future)

In short... Although Electric cars are brilliant and can make crazy off-the-line accelerations obliterating traditional ICE cars I still would stick with HCVs if it came to everyday usability & practicality, all we would need is to make some more infraestructure or merge the current Petrol refuel infrastructure placing a couple of hydrogen pumps at every station

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Comments (14)

  • Where to begin... people already complain that rapid charging infrastructure is insufficient, and there is barely any hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in most countries. Hydrogen refuelling stations, at least in their present form, are pretty expensive to roll out. The process of generating hydrogen, compressing it, transporting it and storing it at very low temperatures is also pretty inefficient. Not to mention that storing compressed extremely flammable gas is not without risks - as demonstrated by the explosion of a hydrogen filling station in Norway earlier this year.

    So while hydrogen is in theory an attractive option, it has quite a lot of hurdles to overcome before it’s a viable option for anything other than, say, mass transit and trucks.

      9 months ago
    • You make pretty good points MI, Altough many petrol stations could sacrifice a pump or two to convert it to pump hydrogen since the infraestructure is nearly there, Since we have built extremely fast racecars we should be able to build as...

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        9 months ago
    • It’s not enough to simply convert a pump or two to hydrogen - it’s the storage that is the key issue. Petrol or diesel isn’t highly pressurised and don’t need the same reinforcement and temperature control that hydrogen does. So a...

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        9 months ago
  • I agree hydrogen is the future either from fuel cells or combustion, but the means of generating the H2 requires alot of energy from the power grid. So all of these would require more Power Plants. Worries about explosions are overrated since we survive every day with natural gas and gasoline which are flammable and known to be explosive (understand even some cars use them as fuel mow).

      8 months ago
    • I would use actual renewable Energy to cut down on production costs so I don't have to rely on the power grid of the city.

      That is also the argument BEV defenders say often, that just because it's highly explosive we shouldn't use it, so... A...

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        8 months ago
  • I think the most viable alternative fuel for our cars are algae biofuel and synthetic fuel because

    1. It does not require a lot of space to make

    2. Can be used in our currently existing car (or anything that use combustion engine) without any modifications

    3. It’s CO2 neutral

      9 months ago
    • C02 isn´t exactly a pollutant but a gas that can be used for many other things, Extinguisher agent, Propellant, Knockout gas for animals... If 5 parts are emissions only 2 are actually toxic.

      I would bet on hydrogen due to their relative...

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        9 months ago
  • As a person who would probably be tasked to design part of those "minor infrastructure modifications" required to run the world on hydrogen I strongly oppose the idea. If you want to fuel your old ICE car with gaseous matter there is CNG and LPG already. Both contains fair amount of hydrogen (since they are hydro-carbons) and your inner environmentalist personality won't have to feel ashamed by using them either.

      8 months ago
    • Im no environmentalist since I grew alongside ICE, Still I respect the environment in my own way... Besides, Wouldn´t you be happy to get extra cash for designing the future? a lot of costs can be saved if you use already existing...

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        8 months ago
  • Hydrogen is just too expensive. It already costs about 8x as much per mile with fuel cells compared to a BEV. Add a 30% efficient ICE and you are now costing 20x as much per mile.

      8 months ago
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