Published on November 24th, 2013 | by No Artificial
Automakers Debut Hydrogen Cars
Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota lunched their zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell electric cars at Los Angeles and Tokyo auto shows.
At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Honda and Hyundai unveiled fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV).
The debuts came as Toyota revealed a concept fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) at the Tokyo Auto Show.
The release of the FCEV is a “pivotal moment,” stated John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, “the moment when our industry begins to roll out the next-generation electric vehicle.”
“Today, right here, the hydrogen fuel cell is making the shift from a research project to a real consumer choice,” Krafcik added.
Even though FCEV are rare today, they could possibly have what it requires to be very popular one day.
Fuel cell electric vehicle makes electricity from a reaction between hydrogen and oxygen.
This version of the electric car delivers the same performance and environmental benefits of battery-powered EVs (BEV), as well as the range of conventional cars, as it can be refueled on the go.
Furthermore, the electricity is generated in the car then the driver don’t have to worry about running out of power and having to wait hours for recharging.
Tetsuo Iwamura, president and CEO of American Honda Motor Co., said that Honda’s FCEV “has the potential to become the ultimate solution to realizing ultra-low carbon mobility.
“Using renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, water, biofuel … the fuel cell has tremendous potential for zero-emissions mobility,” Iwamura added.
No Carbon dioxide is produced, no noise is made, and the motor delivers better torque than most engine-powered cars, which translates to great acceleration.
The only emission from FCEVs is water vapor.
But FCEVs have been difficult to move to mass production because the technology is vastly underdeveloped and faces serious challenges, such as lack of fueling stations.
Hyundai will market its car only in Southern California, and then in Northern California. The company plans to “pre-screen” customers to make sure they have access to a fueling station, said Michael O’Brien, Hyundai’s vice president of corporate and product planning.
Toyota, Honda, Hyundai and several other automakers earlier this year signed a pact to produce a “substantial number” of hydrogen fuel cell cars to market by 2017.