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