Germany Evaluates Fuel Cell Cars

Germany Evaluates Fuel Cell Cars

Daimler Benz recently announced they are abandoning their development program for fuel cell powered cars, saying that battery powered cars were more efficient.

Daimler’s fuel cell division will become part of a joint venture with Volvo, which plans on developing a fuel cell truck.

It’s been obvious for years that fuel cells are far too expensive for use in an automobile, yet Daimler had announced it would have an affordable fuel cell vehicle by 2017. See earlier article 

The absurdity of fuel cell cars was discussed in a two part series earlier. See The massive cost of fuel cell vehicles

Equally interesting is that VW had established that battery powered vehicles were twice as efficient as fuel cell vehicles.

This graphic from Volkswagen, shows that BEVs, at the top, have an overall efficiency of 70 – 90%, while fuel cell vehicles, at the bottom of the graphic, have an overall efficiency of 25 – 35%.

In an earlier article, I said that BEVs were probably twice as efficient as gasoline powered vehicles. See, Future of Battery Powered Vehicles 

As that article pointed out, it would take time for BEVs to overtake ICEs due to other impediments.

It’s now clear that fuel cell vehicles have lost the race as the future vehicle of choice.

In the future, perhaps around 2040, BEVs will be the car of choice.

Between now and then, ICEs will be the economic choice.

Fuel cell vehicles will be the car of the far distant future, if ever.

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3 Replies to “Germany Evaluates Fuel Cell Cars”

  1. Germany has not managed to lower emissions within the transport sector in the least, but is meant to chop its transport emissions by 40 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. The country must establish alternative drives for personal cars to significantly cut road traffic emissions. Germany’s carmakers have largely selected strategies favouring battery electric cars.

    • Correct on all counts.
      German car manufacturers have dedicated their rsources to battery powered vehicles. Nor sure about trucks, but Fuel cells might work there.