Will hydrogen fuel cell powered cars finally become popular?
There is a Hollywood insult that you can’t stage a comeback if you weren’t ever a star. Hydrogen fuel cells were touted as the next big thing at the 2013 auto shows but never truly took off. Now, according to a New York Times article, they are trying again.
Popular Mechanics described the simple mechanics behind hydrogen fuel cells: “hydrogen atoms are stripped of their electrons to generate electricity and then combined with oxygen to form water as a by-product.” Imagine that – liquid dripping from your car could be a good thing!
Hydrogen powered cars are similar to battery electric vehicles, but they can run much further on a tank of hydrogen – and don’t require a huge battery pack or hours to recharge.
In California, you can lease a Hyundai Tucson crossover powered by hydrogen – and get a lot of incentives. At the New York Auto Show, Toyota showed off its Mirai fuel cell car, which will be sold later this year, exclusively in California; at the 2015 Detroit auto show, Honda showed a hydrogen powered car it plans for 2016 – but sold only in Japan.