Whilst most car makers are developing some kind of electric car, or EV as they are obsessed with them, Hyundai has brough attention back to Hydrogen. Many will remember, approximately 10 years ago Honda developed a Hydrogen fuel cell car called the FCX clarity, around the same time people were buying G-wizes as an electric city car. Since then though electric technology car moved forward quickly with us now having electric cars with 300 mile ranges, whilst Hydrogen has been largely forgotten.
This seems strange when you look at the two fuel sources. Hydrogen comprises of a fuel tank which you fill up with Hydrogen, which takes about 5 minutes. You then drive for 300 plus miles, omitting only water as a byproduct. That’s a process that doesn’t sound too unfamiliar to most motorists. Battery powered cars on the other hand take 2 hours or so to charge and then can just about scrape 300 miles at best, before another 2 hour charge. On paper the hydrogen powered example is a slam dunk, you can see it filtering into our petrol stations alongside the diesel and petrol pumps and before long we will all be using hydrogen instead of petrol. So it seems strange the motor industry has headed for electric cars.
Well the good news is Hyundai has some sense and has brought attention back to the fuel cell. It plans to show off an SUV at this years Geneva Motor Show which is a hydrogen powered car. Hyundai has committed itself to the hydrogen technology and a senior executive was quoted at CES as saying “For Hyundai, the fuel cell system is like a first child. It is very much a propriety technology and that is why we like to put our effort and love into fuel cell vehicles.”,
More good news is alongside Honda, Toyota too have seen the light and developed the Mirai. Currently Hyundai’s ix35 and the Toyota are the only two hydrogen cars you can buy in the UK, with Honda expecting to put their ‘Clarity’ on sale later this year. If these models prove to be a success they could be defining cars in the future fuel of the motor industry.