Hydrogen-Based Fuel: Still the Fuel of the Future?

As governments all over the globe make stringent regulations around the emission produced by cars, the need for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (HFCEV) is at an all-time high. As Hydrogen plays a key role in emission reduction, it makes sense that the next big fuel source will be Hydrogen Based. Regardless of the money and time spent on researching HFCEV, car manufacturers are moving away from it. Just last year, Honda announced that they’ll be ending their “Clarity Fuel Cell” program due to astonishingly low demand. In 2020, Mercedes Benz stopped their very old F-Cell program simply because of high costs. General Motors on the other hand have expanded their research area of Hydrotec Fuel cells for land, air, and sea applications. As more and more automakers are abandoning their research for fuel cell-based cars, they’re shifting towards bigger vehicles. Until now, all research has shown that Hydrogen fuel has limited prospects in cars.

Heavy-duty vehicles on the other hand can see tons of applications of hydrogen fuel cell technology. The UK-based automaker “Vauxhall” is planning to launch its 249 mile-range Vivaro-e Hydrogen van in the UK in 2023. Currently, there are too many challenges faced by the automakers to fit Hydrogen based fuel into the industry and offer cars at a lower cost. Maybe, we’ll be seeing the adoption of this technology on bigger vehicles, which can lead to emission-free deliveries. 


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