Hydrogen vehicles: The end of the electric car?

I read this article about the use of hydrogen vehicles.

I put some of the statements here:

1) Hydrogen vehicles are free of the ‘range anxiety’  that electric cars have. Their range is almost equal to the range of gasoline powered engines.

2)The tanks of a hydrogen car can be filled in minutes in stead of hours with the electric car.

3)A disadvantage is that there is no infrastructure yet. But as always this is like the chicken-and-egg problem

4) When using hydrogen one has to be very careful and make sure there are no leaks possible. Also corrosion is a possible threat.

5) Hydrogen has to be made like electricity as it does not occur in nature in useful quantities.

6) There is no pollution with a hydrogen car as the only thing coming out of the exhaust is water.

7) When using hydrogen you do not have the disadvantages of a the battery of the electric car. (expensive, rare earth minerals, etc)

If you want you can read the entire article here: http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2012/10/nitrogen-cycle
I do not mention the part where they discuss the use of nitrogen gas because it is not relevant for the question I have for you.

Do you think hydrogen cars could become a standard in the race for a non-polluting car instead of the electric car?
They both have some advantages and disadvantages.

I’m looking forward to you reactions.


  1. 02/03/2013 at 21:02

    I think it’s person depending. It’s possible that some people do not want to drive with a car were reactions on hydrogen are having place and/or it’s also possible that some people do not want to drive with a car with a battery in it.
    ‘To become a standard’ it’s easy said, many human brains should therefore agree. And electric cars are very big competitors of any other ‘non-polluting’ cars.

    • 12/03/2013 at 11:51

      I do not really understand what you mean with the reasons you give that it is possible that people do not want to drive with such a car? When it will be in mass on the market, it seems to me that the safety of those vehicles will be high enough to compete with fuel engine vehicles. Or maybe I have understood you wrong?

      • 12/03/2013 at 19:22

        Actually, those are the behavior related reasons. For example, for a some medicines you can buy the original version or the generic version, both have the same content. Most of the time, the generic drugs are much cheaper.
        But there are still people who do not buy generic medicines, just because they don’t like them. This depends from person to person.
        So, it is possible, after all the benefits the hydrogen and electric cars have, that there are still people who don’t want to ride with them. Just because, for example, they don’t want to drive with a car with a battery in it…

  2. 03/03/2013 at 15:38

    I also think that the standard is far from decided.

    Hydrogen has some great advantages, but one of the disadvantages, if I recall correctly, is the safety. Hydrogen is a highly explosive gas, so being able to store it in a safe way will be paramount to success.

    My guess is that the standard probably will be a hybrid car combining all advantages of the technologies and reducing the disadvantages.

  3. xieaizhi
    04/03/2013 at 21:51

    I don’t think it would be a standard instead of electric car.
    First, how can we get hydrogen? We use electricity to separate it from water. So far, we can’t find a efficient way to get it. It’s kind of wasting power. We use electricity any way, why should we use electricity which we can get everywhere around world?
    For non-polluting cars, I am waiting the Hydrogen fusion cars. I don’t know if I can see it in my life.

    • 04/03/2013 at 23:21

      It is true that you use electricity to generate the hydrogen but when mass producing The hydrogen it is more controlable. So you can use clean energy to produce it making it non poluting. This may be an advantage.

  4. 12/03/2013 at 11:47

    I do think there is a future for it and even a very compatible one with the electric cars. This is just a fact because otherwise the technology would already been neglected. But as I am now reading this I do not understand the main advantage of hydrogen fuel. Is the main advantage that the hydrogen is replacing the battery? So more miles can be driven and more power your engine can deliver?
    To me it seems that the main aspect of green ways of driving lies in finding a 100% green way of producing electricity, what is not possible yet for the entire electricity production.

  5. 12/03/2013 at 13:11

    The main advantage is indeed that the car runs on hydrogen instead of gasoline. This makes it non-polluting.
    Off course you need electricity to produce the hydrogen but in the future it will be possible to generate all electricity in a green way. Then you could say that this is also true for electric cars.
    But the advantage to electric cars is the range of the vehicle and the time to fill up the tank. (Because the time to recharche the battery and the range are critical points of an electric vehicle.)

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