Car Makers get Serious about Hydrogen Fuel cell Vehicles

Car Makers get Serious about Hydrogen Fuel cell Vehicles

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Hydrigen fuel is getting hotter in the world of cars these days. In the latest International Auto Show, Audi showed off its h-tron Quattro fuel cell SUV concept in Detroit. Meanwhile Mercedes is also coming out with its own version of the GLC SUV with fuel cell. Earlier Merc has already tried the F-Cell based B-Class.

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The others are also not far behind. BMW and GM are also experimenting with the Fuel Cell technology.

BMW has also been playing with H2. For quite a while, the company was experimenting with internal combustion engines that used H2 instead of the traditional hydrocarbon fuel. More recently, it showed us an i8 and 5 Series powered by fuel cells, although neither is set for production. And in Japan, companies like Toyota and Honda have been bullish about H2 fuel cell electric vehicles for a while now. Thanks to a concerted push by their government to start an H2 economy, those two companies have been bringing various concepts and production cars to auto shows for a while now.

Meanwhile, here in the US, General Motors has joined up with the US Army to test how suitable fuel cell EVs are for military applications. If you live in California, you can even buy a fuel cell EV, although residents of other states might want to wait a while until publicly accessible H2 filling stations become a reality. California has even increased the subsidy available for a fuel cell EV—up to $6,500 on top of any federal tax incentive—in order to hasten the uptake of this technology.

In the past few years a lot of Electric Vehicles have come out and are a great hit – thanks for a big part to the Government subsidies as well.

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The hydrogen based Fuel cell powered vehicles have an added advantage – quick refuelling unlike the hours it takes for electriv vehicles to refuel!

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