Oct 23 2013, 11:52am CDT | by Shane McGlaun
More than a few automotive manufacturers have tried their hand at making a car powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The problem is that the US has no hydrogen fuel infrastructure meeting vehicles are impossible to fuel up outside of certain areas. Recently Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that he thinks fuel-cell cars are "so bullshit."
Musk said, "And then they'll say certain technologies like fuel cell, and it's like oh God, fuel cell is so bullshit. The only reason they do fuel cells is... it's like a marketing thing. But the reality is that if you took a fuel cell vehicle, and you take the best case for a fuel cell vehicle in terms of mass and volume required to go a particular range, as well as the cost of the fuel cell system and... if you took the best case of that it doesn't equal the current state of the art in lithium ion batteries. Putting up a huge hydrogen distribution center is also difficult, and hydrogen is quite a dangerous gas. It's suitable for the upper stage of rockets, but not for cars."
Musk is certainly firmly in the battery-powered car can so you have to take his comments with a grain of salt. Still, a lot of people agree the chances of anyone putting in a hydrogen fueling infrastructure around the country are very slim.
Shane is a self described car aficionado. He loves muscle cars, but also knows how green cars work. He has years of experience in testing cars and writes about cars with deeply felt emotions.
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