Top reasons many researchers prefer hydrogen fuel vehicles over EVs

Top reasons many researchers prefer hydrogen fuel vehicles over EVs

December 30, 2020 7 By Tami Hood

One of these renewable energies uses a gas or liquid while the other uses rechargeable batteries.

Despite the fact that EVs have experienced far more widespread adoption than hydrogen fuel vehicles, many researchers, engineers and environmentalists – as well as drivers – find the latter option more appealing.

Tesla and certain other electric vehicles have enjoyed a position among premium vehicle ownership.

That said, despite the fact that passenger cars like Tesla have become a status symbol, there is a growing movement that views hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as a more promising and viable option for zero emission cars.

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The following are some of the top reasons that many researchers, environmentalists and others feel that H2 as renewable energy for a passenger car is a better option than a rechargeable battery.

These are some of the leading reasons many researchers prefer hydrogen fuel vehicles to EVs.

  • No substantial lifestyle changes are required – EVs require recharging that can take a substantial amount of time (about 80 percent of a charge per half hour). This can take place only at recharging stations compatible with the make of the car and at home. Longer road trips require additional planning.
  • H2 powered cars place less strain on the electric grid – Many regions across the US – and around the world for that matter – are already struggling to have their electrical grids keep up with the demand for power. Hydrogen powered cars don’t strain this situation further.
  • They have a larger range – The typical electric vehicle such as a Tesla has a maximum range of slightly over 300 miles. These brands promise range getting closer to 400 miles – similar to gasoline-powered vehicle ranges – but they aren’t there yet. That said, H2-powered vehicles are already achieving ranges greater than 300 miles on a single tank. That said, when combined with the substantially shorter refilling time, the range within a span of time expands.
  • Practicality for a larger range of vehicles – Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles can include anything from passenger cars to heavy-duty industrial or mining vehicles. It works with trains, buses, and researchers are working on aircraft as well. The high energy density Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles - Image of Toyota fuel cell engine under hood of carand rapid refueling time means it provides potential for uses that require large amounts of energy and short refilling times.