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No fuel cell vehicles from VW on the horizon

A few years ago there were a number of automotive manufacturers putting serious money into hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. These vehicles promised to have a driving range similar to a conventional gasoline-powered automobile, but produce no emissions to pollute the atmosphere.
 
However, the vehicles faced several daunting challenges, including the lack of a hydrogen fuel infrastructure and the fact that hydrogen is highly flammable and difficult to store.

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn stated this week that hydrogen fuel cells have failed to live up to promises and are unlikely to become an efficient and cost-effective way to power cars in the near future.

Winterkorn said, "I do not see the infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles, and I do not see how hydrogen can be produced on large scale at reasonable cost. I do not currently see a situation where we can offer fuel cell vehicles at a reasonable cost that consumers would also be willing to pay."

While Volkswagen doesn't see a near-term future with hydrogen vehicles, other manufacturers continue to move forward with the technology. Mercedes-Benz reached a deal with Ford and Nissan-Renault with a goal of selling the first production fuel-cell vehicle starting in 2017.
 
Back in 2010, a study was published predicting 670,000 fuel cell powered vehicles would be sold annually within a decade. So far, that prediction doesn't seem likely to come true.

Source: Auto News



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I cant understand
By i cant understand on 3/22/2013 12:28:21 PM , Rating: 2
I think i am stupid, because this person said that the fuel cell is not going to be the future...but three weeks before wolksvagen signed a deal with the company ballard....(if you dont know, ballard makes fuel cells) .
http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2013/03/06/b...
He thinks this is not going to be the future but his company is going to spend 100 million dollars in fuel cells.....I cant understand




RE: I cant understand
By Griffinhart on 3/22/2013 12:44:52 PM , Rating: 2
Possibly because they can still use them to produce vehicles for governments (cities, military, etc) without requiring a huge national investment in infrastructure.


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