Are Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars Doomed — And Have Electric Cars Won?

Not so long ago, a large number of the world’s automakers were treating hydrogen fuel cell technology as the fuel choice of the future, often to the detriment of battery electric vehicles.

But in the past few months we’ve seen a noticeable shift away from hydrogen fuel cell technology, with once ardent supporters (like Honda and Hyundai) shifting their focus to include battery electric vehicles alongside hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Others (like Daimler) have ended all active hydrogen fuel cell development.

Which raises the question: are hydrogen fuel cell cars doomed? Have electric cars won?

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  • Martin Lacey

    H2 is dead as far as PLG vehicles are concerned. Honda and Toyota made a commitment to showcase FCEV’s at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 and I wouldn’t be surprised if they quietly shelve their programs a year or so later and cite the demand for EV’s.

    As for Nikola, they stand alone with a technology no other fleet vehicle maker is developing. They will have to face the Tesla Semi and other EV wagons from the likes of Volvo and Mercedes Benz. I’m pretty sure EV’s will win that battle too.

    • I think there is case for long distance trucking to use Hydrogen vehicles. Batteries would have to be very large to allow for decent ranges. The number of truck stops is less than gas stations, the hydrogen infrastructure for trucking could be built at a more reasonable expense compared to the personal vehicle fleet.

      • Martin Lacey

        The cost of a plg H2 pump is around $2M. You need a much larger pump for freight vehicles. I don’t even know if such a station exists in the wild.

  • Jeff Laurence

    The complications are just too numerous. The simplicity of EVs are too obvious to ignore. Electricity produced by hydrogen is too expensive and creates a secondary step that is unnecessary for personal transportation. It’s literally building an electric powered generation station in your car. Why?

  • Dan Brook

    Given that you can walk into a showroom and buy an BEV now but buying and using a H2 vehicle isn’t really possible I’d say BEVs have won. Maybe there is a future for the in the long term. Now and short term BEVs make a lot more sense.