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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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RE: The Real Problem is..
By lagomorpha on 3/23/2013 10:11:25 AM , Rating: 2
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Look at it this way, at room temperature open a barrel of gasoline and throw a match on it and it will burn - do the same to a barrel of hydrogen and it will explode...


Fun fact: It's possible to flick a lit cigarette into a container of gasoline fast enough that it will put out the cigarette without the gas burning or exploding. I don't really want to know how this was first discovered and I'd rather not be around to see anyone try it.


RE: The Real Problem is..
By zephyrprime on 3/25/2013 11:47:46 AM , Rating: 2
This country has millions of rednecks that discovery things like this on a daily basis.


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