The Anonymous Widower

Top Reasons Many Researchers Prefer Hydrogen Fuel Vehicles Over EVs

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Hydrogen Fuel News.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Despite the fact that EVs have experienced far more widespread adoption than hydrogen fuel vehicles, many researchers, engineers and environmentalists – as well as drivers – find the latter option more appealing.

These reasons are given.

  • No substantial lifestyle changes are required.
  • H2 powered cars place less strain on the electric grid.
  • They have a larger range
  • Practicality for a larger range of vehicles

If I was thinking of buying an electric vehicle, I;d look at hydrogen before I decided on the vehicle, I would buy.

I don’t drive, but if I wanted to, I suspect I could get my licence back.

  • I have a garage, that opens onto the street.
  • There is no nearby hydrogen station.
  • If I went any distance over about twenty miles, I’d probably use public transport.

I’d probably choose an electric vehicle.

December 31, 2020 - Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport | , ,


  1. Three of those arguments are entirely bogus.

    There would be little lifestyle change, most drivers dont drive 400 miles in one hit, they average 44mph which is over 8 hours driving, so would stop for some time and could recharge in that time. Look at Gridserves Electric Forecourt and you can recharge most cars in under half an hour.

    The electric grid issue is another myth, UK’s network grid are unconcerned about this esp since battery to grid increases grid capacity.

    Solid state batteries will have greater battery density and the first point means its actually overstated anyway.

    Hydrogen is a very energy innefficient form of motive power, around 50% of the embodied into the fuel is turned into forward motion, only marginally more efficient than a combustion engine.

    Comment by Tim Regester | December 31, 2020 | Reply

  2. My feeling is that hydrogen will be better in a series of niche markets, although some are quite large.

    1. Living close to a hydrogen filling station.

    2. Having your own hydrogen supply, like farmers might do for tractors.

    3. Those travelling long distances every day.

    4. Trucks and vans working out of a central depot.

    5. Trucks and vans working in built-up areas.

    6. Off-road vehicles

    It will be interesting to see how the numbers work out in the future.

    Comment by AnonW | December 31, 2020 | Reply

  3. Happy new year and thanks for your consistently interesting and informative blog. All the best. David

    Comment by Davud Richards | January 1, 2021 | Reply

  4. Thanks!

    Comment by AnonW | January 1, 2021 | Reply

  5. Hydrogen is a very energy inefficient form of motive power, around 50% of the embodied into the fuel is turned into forwarding motion, only marginally more efficient than a combustion engine.

    Comment by Stefan Robert | January 27, 2021 | Reply

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