Was Tesla Wrong About the Hydrogen Fuel Cell EV Battery
Tesla’s Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk certainly knows how to make life more fun for many. For one thing, this author has made some money as a shareholder of Tesla. Secondly, the founder always knows how to give writers like ourselves ideas and topics on what to write about.
In the previous year, Musk made a common about electric vehicles running on hydrogen fuel cells. He referred to them as a total BS saying they were nothing but marketing ploys created by the automakers themselves.
On the other hand, Toyota is moving forward at a steady pace with its very first hydrogen fuel cell which it named Mirai. You can buy it in Japan early this year but if you live in the US you would have to wait until summer.
So the question is, was Musk wrong? He said fuel cells were BS and that the automakers themselves do not believe in the technology. He said they were expensive, unsafe and a distribution system is hard to implement. Even in the previous year those statements coming form someone who also had to overcome similar problems seemed strange. Now that green cars with EV battery powered by hydrogen fuels are about to hit the showrooms, perhaps Musk should re-think his comments.
One thing is for sure, Toyota would certainly be happy to say that Musk is mistaken. When they were preparing for the release of Mirai they tested over a hundred hydrogen powered Highlanders in North America and they also had the same thing done in Japan. They even garnered over a million miles of testing in a variety of conditions, from super hot weather to super cold. And they did not encounter any problems at all.
Toyota’s Chris Santucci provides a broad look at the technology as well as give us some insights on what we can expect from the automaker.
So essentially the biggest difference is the replacement of gasoline engine to fuel cells. The fuel cells uses hydrogen from the tank and then mixes it with the air’s oxygen in order to produce water. This process then generates what the car runs on: electricity. And the water vapour only as emission then you know that you are contributing to the cleanliness of the planet.
And take note that the fuel cell vehicle is in fact a hybrid because the back’s battery pack can also power the vehicle together with the fuel cell.