Hydrogen fuel cell car

Hydrogen fuel cell car

Hydrogen is an abundant element that is currently being explored and used in a number of different ways to power virtually all forms of vehicles as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels for energy. While most companies are moving towards using hydrogen fuel cells that use a process of fusion between both hydrogen and oxygen to generate electricity with the byproduct of water in either liquid or vapor form, other vehicles use a form of internal combustion to utilize hydrogen as a fuel source that acts similar to other traditional internal combustion engine vehicles. In an effort to establish a new market for these vehicles many car companies such as General Motors and the Ford Motor Company have looked into developing either vehicles powered solely by hydrogen fuel cells or hybrids that offer a combination of hydrogen fuel and electricity or conventional fossil fuels to increase the potential mileage of each car while provide a more eco-friendly alternative to most vehicles currently on the market.

Though it is true that at this point in time there are not currently a large number of hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles within the United States (it is estimated that as of October 2009 as few as 200 are being used within the US, primarily in California), a variety of different companies worldwide are looking at the production of fuel cell based vehicles in the near future that will hopefully allow for mass production of fuel cell based vehicles to begin by 2012. Currently, leaders in the fuel cell based car market are primarily Japanese-based companies, and although the US is the current leader in fuel cell car usage it is expected that over the next decade many other countries such as Japan will become major producers and users of hydrogen fuel cell based vehicles. These vehicles may also see great usage in the European market due to Europe’s higher focus on alternative energy and environmental friendly practices than most countries in other regions around the world.

The largest hurdle fuel cell cars are facing at this time includes a number of technical and safety factors addressing their usage of hydrogen for power. In addition to their potential safety hazards if the hydrogen fuel tanks present aboard the vehicles were to be ruptured one of the biggest barriers limiting the viability of hydrogen based cars on the market are the pure limitations on the production and supply of hydrogen for use in these vehicles, creating a major limitation on all hydrogen fuel cell usage around the world. Thankfully many production companies are now receiving a number of different funds and grants from both private organizations and governments worldwide to encourage fuel cell research, development and production in order to provide all alternative means of transportation and power generation for people in lieu of the regularly decreasing availability of crude oil that has traditionally acted as the primary fuel source for nearly all motor vehicles worldwide.

The support of fuel cell production and research has already led to the establishment of a number of different hydrogen production facilities in different regions around the world that will hopefully allow for further growth and investment in the coming years as fuel cell based vehicles become more commonplace and more affordable for drivers. Expect to see hydrogen fuel cell based cars more often on the road between 2012 in 2020 as companies move more towards research and development of these forms of transportation and the costs of both producing and maintaining these forms of vehicles is reduced in order to make them a much more suitable means of transportation for the average driver.

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