As alternative energy sources become increasingly sought after, governments, companies, and consumers alike are turning their attention to hydrogen-powered vehicles. In the coming years, hydrogen vehicles are set to become the prominent solution for decarbonising the automotive industry.
You may be wondering what is better — Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vs Electric Cars — and while electric cars currently boast a higher profile, technological breakthroughs have led to hydrogen-powered vehicles outperforming their electric counterparts.
So, what are the advantages and disadvantages of hydrogen vehicles?
Green and Sustainable
Hydrogen is considered sustainable because it is the earth’s most common element. Hydrogen can be extracted from water, and after extraction, it is combined in a fuel cell with oxygen to create H2o. The reaction caused by the electrochemical process of combining the elements in the fuel cell expels the energy required to power the vehicle.
In addition, just like electric cars, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles do not emit harmful greenhouse gases into our atmosphere. In fact, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles do not produce any fumes at all — just a minuscule amount of water vapour.
If you’ve ever marvelled at just how quiet an electric vehicle is, you will be pleased to know that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles emit just as little. This is particularly kind in big cities where vehicles are one of the leading contributors to excessive noise.
It’s not just passenger vehicles that emit low noise, either. The hydrogen truck, like our Warrego, is also far kinder on the ears than comparable, gas-powered models.
Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are extremely energy efficient and can travel more than 500 kilometres before needing to be refuelled. This is about the same distance as a regular car on a full tank of petrol and almost double when compared to a fully powered Electric Car.
Short Refuelling Time
One of the most surprising benefits of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles is how quickly their energy is restored. Where an electric vehicle is repowered in 30 minutes to 12 hours, hydrogen vehicles take just five minutes or less to refuel so you can get back on the road quickly.
The fossil fuels responsible for most of the planet’s energy sources are highly coveted but generally centralised to just a few nations. Because hydrogen is the most abundant resource on the earth, every country can produce the fuel needed to power these vehicles.
As they begin to become the road standard worldwide, we will see industries form and more jobs created.
Types of Vehicles Are Growing
One of the disadvantages of the hydrogen vehicle market is that there is currently a limited selection of vehicle types. However, at H2X, our goal is to provide a fleet of hydrogen-fuelled vehicles suitable for a variety of industries and consumer demands.
Currently, we are launching Australia’s first hydrogen-powered utes, the Warrego. This covers all bases and is equipped for day-to-day use on mining and construction sites. With both two- and four-wheel drive options, modern design and all the benefits of the best hydrogen vehicles, including either 66kW or 90kW hydrogen fuel cell options that can power either a 200kW or 220kW electric motor, you need look no further than our Warrego.
We are also developing vans, minibuses, SUVs, taxis, and tractors.
Some may say the fact the hydrogen vehicle market is in its infancy is a disadvantage. However, at H2X, we see this as an opportunity. Net-zero by 2050 has become the universal standard across the world, meaning decarbonising the transport industry will become a major focus as it accounts for one-fifth of global carbon emissions.
With the Car & Automobile Manufacturing sector said to be worth USD82.6 billion in 2021, we believe there is ample opportunity to take a share of the market and build a globally competitive industry within Australia.
Building a Refuelling Network Australia
As both State and Federal Australian governments continue to pour money into hydrogen, we are seeing a comprehensive network of refuelling stations being built across the country. This is supported by multination giants, such as Toyota, Hyundai, and Hyzon, investing in similar Australian infrastructure, accelerating our transition to carbon-free hydrogen-powered cars and contributing to lowering emissions globally.