Undoubtedly you have heard about hydrogen cars and references to the fact that they are the “car of the future”. Hydrogen technology has some undeniable benefits as a mass transportation fuel...as well as some real limitations. Let’s take a look at some of the facts and see what’s up with hydrogen cars.
What makes a hydrogen car possible is a device called a “fuel cell”. Fuel cells are devices that convert hydrogen to electricity, giving off only heat and water as byproducts. This is a really green technology. There are no real pollutants emitted from a hydrogen fuel cell powered car.
However, there are a lot of problems that need to be worked out before hydrogen becomes a viable fuel source. For instance, where will we get the hydrogen? How expensive will these fuel-efficient cars be to purchase? These are questions that need answers.
Well, the good news is that hydrogen car production is not vastly different from producing today’s cars. Of course, the drive train and the electrical systems will be somewhat unique because a fuel cell creates electricity but a hydrogen-powered car and electric car have a lot in common in that respect.
Another issue involves getting hydrogen fuel to hydrogen cars. An entire infrastructure would be necessary to fuel vehicles. The cost of the cars is going to be high, too.
Many people think that we’ll overcome these obstacles eventually, but as the folks at Kayser Ford explained to us, it’s going to take a lot of work.