Fuel Cell Partnership Publishes Comparison – How does your Electric Car Stack Up?

CaFCP guide to understanding the well-to-wheels impact

The California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) today published an update to their Wells-To-Wheels analysis of Greenhouse Gases emissions.

We apologies for the spoiler but yes, it looks good for your EV, in fact, really good… better than fuel cell technology even.

The CaFCP use the Argonne National Lab’s GREET model, which uses 120 fuel pathways and 85 vehicle/fuel combinations to assess the impact of fuel from well to wheels. As you might imagine from the name of the group, they’re pretty pro fuel cell, a hot topic in electric vehicle circles. However, the data doesn’t lie and clearly shows a linear path from regular gasoline to the inevitable winner, the pure electric vehicle.

For a group touting the benefits of fuel cell technology, we have to admire their forthright honesty in placing pure electric vehicles at the top of the scale in most tests. That being said, they do skew the picture a little though; yes, you can fill a hydrogen car in 5-7 minutes… if you can find a station and no, electric cars don’t take 4-8 hours to fill on a DC fast charger.

But, isn’t this the problem that we face? There is no true universal comparison for fuels for everyone on the planet. Your personal circumstances dictate differences in the numbers and, the voice of the author seldom comes without an ‘angle’. One thing is for sure though, and it appears to be an incontrovertible fact – gasoline is not the future. On that we can agree.

The complete PDF is available from their site here or head over to the CaFCP blog for the full story

In the light of this, how do you feel about Fuel Cell technology?

 

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