Fuel Cells Versus Battery Electric Cars: The Race Is On
In about 10 days from now, on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Toyota will show its fuel cell concept car FCV. Toyota and Honda are expected to launch fuel cell cars in 2015.
Hyundai Motors, on the other hand, is a bit ahead of the game, as it readies its Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle for launch by next spring in the US. As a lure to customers, Hyundai will also offer unlimited refueling and maintenance, along with the car, at a flat monthly fee combined with a down payment. This puts the fuel cell vehicle head to head with the electric car, which itself has seen a resurgence of late with the success of Tesla. Which one will win in the long run?
A fuel cell vehicle will carry hydrogen in a tank, and combine it with oxygen from the air to produce electricity. In this sense, it is another form of electric car, but there are no batteries in them. Instead, the energy is stored in the form of hydrogen, thus making refueling as easy as it is for a petrol or diesel car.
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