Value Proposition

Why Hydrogen Fuel Cell Power for Lightweight Vehicles?

 

There are two critical requirements:


•  Environmentally friendly
a green vehicle that produces no harmful emissions and creates no noise
•  Commercially successful
a green transportation vehicle that offers both large payload and long operating times

Only a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain can meet those two basic demands together. The hydrogen fuel cell technology is an investment in continuously growing markets. It is green technology that complies with all ethical standards, to uphold the reputation of the vehicle manufacturer.

Every hydrogen fuelled lightweight transportation vehicle will be built to meet rigorous environmental standards. The vehicle must be emission-free and noisefree, the production of its components must must be recyclable.

Environmentally friendly

a green vehicle that produces no harmful emissions and creates no noise

 

Commercially successful

a green transportation vehicle that offers both large payload and long operating times

The short refuelling time and large payload combined with long operating times (up to 20 hours) serve the needs of growing, on-demand economies and rapidly expanding markets in both developed as well as developing countries, for commercial success.

 

Both heavy- and lightweight non-combustion vehicles will have to use hydrogen fuel cells in the future, since the energy density of batteries is too low. Hydrogen has a high energy density (compressed at 700 bar), so the payload of a hydrogen fuel cell lightweight vehicle can be much higher than a comparable battery electric vehicle. Fast refueling provides hydrogen vehicles with significantly longer daily operation times than battery vehicles, which is a critical factor for transportation businesses serving on-demand customers.

The ever increasing number of regulations for protecting the environment will restrict and reduce the market for vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICE). Tolerance of fossil fuels is continually declining, to become a dying model in many regions of the world.

The Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of battery vehicles is low for higher payloads and operating times. More battery vehicles would be needed to achieve similar payloads and operating times. A hydrogen fuel cell vehicle can operate for up to 20 hours (subject to usage) without being refuelled and refuelling its hydrogen tanks takes less than 5 minutes. It’s estimated that the capital expense of a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and an ICE vehicle are comparable, once more than 4,000-10,000 units of the same powertrain are produced.

Comparison

Hydrogen Fuel Cell,

Battery Electric,

Internal Combustion Engine

Comparison - Table

The next table provides a high level comparison of all major aspects. It illustrates the advantages and superiority of the hydrogen fuel cell technology.

 

Click here or on below image of table for pdf version.

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