Auto Scene Looks to Hydrogen Fuel-Cell for the Future

December 5, 2012 / 1 Comment

In today’s market, the public focus falls on the battery electric vehicles. In order to reverse the situation, another kind of electric-drive vehicle is on the way to conquer the market. And in the automakers point of view, the FCVs will give a better performance. The attention of automakers has now turned to the development of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

honda1 Auto Scene Looks to Hydrogen Fuel Cell for the Future

Popular automobile companies such as Toyota, Hyundai, Daimler and Honda have slowly begun to consider this as an important alternative energy option. Hyundai may come out with a new fuel-cell version of its ix35, which will probably be called Tucson in the US, for lease by the end of this year.

The company will produce 1,000 fuel-cell cars by 2015 for production and will increase up it up to 10,000 fuel-cell cars a year. The company has expressed its commitment to fuel cells, which is for heavier and mid-size cars, and battery-powered vehicles for smaller ones.

Companies likeToyotaand Honda are also on the line to launch a fuel-cell car in 2015. Honda’s FCX Clarity is available for lease inCalifornia, while Mercedes-Benz leases its F-Cell car in the same market.

But one of the worst barriers for automakers to adopt fuel-cells is the shortage of a refueling network as the companies are not ready to build fueling stations in advance. The other obstacle is its price. But compared to battery-powered vehicle, fuel-cell vehicles could be more adaptable.