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Hydrogen cars won’t overtake electric vehicles because they’re hampered by the laws of science

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Tom Baxter graduated from Strathclyde University in 1975 with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (first class honours). He is a Fellow of the IChemE. He started his career with ICI Petrochemicals...

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  • Jul 29, 2020

An earlier The Conversation article of mine comparing the BEV and Hydrogen FCEV.


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Matt Chester on Jul 29, 2020

Thanks for sharing, Tom. The nature of personal vehicle travel across a country make it such that it seems like one technology will naturally have to win out because the economics of installing infrastructure for charging/refueling need the economies of scale, but is there perhaps room for both if they carve out their own areas of the transportation sector? E.g., can EVs win out for personal vehicles but hydrogen have a role in long-distance trucking or buses? 

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Tom Baxter on Jul 29, 2020

Matt - Thanks- Although mentioned in the article, I'm now not so sure about heavy haulage. The more I look at battery developments and bio-fuels the more I think H2 might be steam. 

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Laurent Segalen on Jul 30, 2020

Excellent post.

Let's get serious 2mns. 2019: less than 3,000 H2 cars sold in the world. Even the diehards (Toyota, Hyunday) have stopped and moved back to EV!

H2 cars are more expensive than Teslas, no filling infrastructure... and when there's one filling station, the H2 car is more expensive to fill than with diesel.

Why on earth are we still having the debate? We also can compare Zeppelin with Boeing.

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