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Hydrogen Car being Refueled

Where does HyGen obtain renewable electricity?

Power companies generate electricity by a variety of methods. Some of those methods are classed as renewable. These include electricity generated from solar, wind, wave, geothermal and small hydro (where available and environmentally developed). Tariffs can vary depending on the method of generation but, in California at least, renewable energy can be purchased and there’s an audit trail for how much is produced and sold.  

How far can a hydrogen FCEV travel on a full tank?

Range is dependent on several factors such as the size of the storage tanks, the pressure of the hydrogen, power requirements of the engine and driving style. The EPA ratings for the Toyota Mirai is 312 miles and the Honda Clarity 366 miles.

How is a Hydrogen car fueled?

Fueling is almost identical to a gasoline-powered vehicle. There’s an additional locking-lever near the nozzle that must be engaged before fueling commences.

How long does it take to refuel a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle?

A trip to the station will be comparable to refueling a gasoline-powered vehicle with 3-5 minutes being typical.

What are hydrogen tanks in a FCEV made from?

Strong, lightweight carbon fiber.

How much does renewable Hydrogen cost?

In the California market, most auto makers are including the cost of hydrogen in the lease, or purchase, of the vehicle for three years. Details vary and are based on a fixed number of miles or dollar amount. As of April 2017, hydrogen can be purchased from as low as $9.99 per kilogram in Los Angeles. Toyota and Honda’s FCEVs average around 68 miles per kilogram (or miles per gallon gasoline equivalent).

When will Hydrogen cars be available?

Toyota, Honda and Hyundai have FCEVs available now in California and other states. More companies are planning FCEVs, including BMW, Daimler and Kia. In January 2017, GM and Honda announced an $85m joint venture to manufacture fuel cells in Michigan.

How expensive are Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles?

The DOE targets a figure of $40k/W for an 80kW fuel cell stack in order for light-duty FCEVs to be cost-competitive with equivalent gasoline cars. Their most recently published analysis estimates achieving this target by 2020. To get the latest offers visit Toyota, Honda and Hyundai.

Is a hydrogen car an electric vehicle?

Yes. Although, internal combustion engines can run on hydrogen, the most efficient use of energy is attained with a fuel cell to power an electric motor.

Are there really zero-emissions from a FCEV?

That’s right. Water is the only emission from a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle.

 

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