Hydrogen fuel threatens the throne of electric cars
Hydrogen fuel threatens the throne of electric cars

As governments head to encourage motorists to replace old petrol and diesel vehicles with electrified ones to reduce thermal emissions and comply with environmental requirements, automakers are silently working to use hydrogen fuel as a substitute for diesel in a move to compete with electric vehicles.

In a related context, replacing gasoline and diesel with hydrogen is one of the solutions to reduce carbon dioxide emissions after manufacturers went in the period to produce environmentally friendly electric cars, but they need a special infrastructure that helps to recharge in addition to the high cost that companies incur in producing car batteries.

"Instead of a battery, there is a cell that interacts with hydrogen and generates electricity and water," Tejs Lustsen Jensen, CEO of the Hydrogen Company in Denmark, spoke in comments reported by the Auto Express website.

In this regard, Jensen added in his statements: "It is a chemical reaction, which takes water out of the exhaust system, it is the only emissions that result from the use of hydrogen."

On the other hand, the use of hydrogen as an alternative to gasoline and diesel, in addition to being environmentally friendly, is characterized by the fact that the battery is charged during the course of the car, as the principle of the operation of the fuel cells engine to produce electricity from the interaction of hydrogen with air.

Also, the fuel tank can be filled with hydrogen within just 3 minutes, and after the experts succeed in raising the pressure of hydrogen filling from 350 bar to 700 bar, the car can travel 400 km without the need to refuel.

On his part, Peter Froschelle, a spokesman for Daimler-Benz, announced the possibility of adding new features that help cover a longer distance, saying: "In the future, we can build a tank with a larger capacity and raise the range of the car to 600 and even 800 km. For comparison, any electric car needs to be returned Charging its battery after 150 km. "

Car manufacturers have started in the direction of electricity, as Tesla's subsidiary of Elion Mask is considered one of the first competitors to lead in the direction towards electricity, and all brands have taken the same direction by issuing models of electric vehicles that are currently being detected, but hydrogen is not part of its plans. .

And companies move away from producing cars that run on hydrogen because of the high cost where hydrogen, or H2 as it is called in science, is produced in an environmentally friendly way called hydrolysis, or by the process of repairing natural gas, which is the way to produce 95% of hydrogen in the market.

The reason for the low application of hydrolysis is the large amount of water required to produce it, but the amount of energy it provides and the large distance covered by vehicles compared to those that use electricity as an engine have a hydrogen fuel weight.