After many restarts and closures over the last 20 years hydrogen-powered car (FCV – FuelCellVehicles) finally go on the road. Led by Toyota with its Mirai FCV model, which will be available next year, several automakers said added hydrogen vehicles in its range, including the Hyundai Tucson FCV and Audi A7 h-tron.
Regardless of whether you agree that hydrogen is the best way to rid our dependence on fossil fuels or seriously doubt the ability of technology to establish a position (and that she really "greener" than other types of fuel), get acquainted with some interesting facts about hydrogen fuel and vehicles powered by fuel cells.
Hydrogen is the most abundant material in the known Universe. Unfortunately it is difficult to find in pure form on Earth.
Hydrogen has long been used for lighting the housing, along with other gases, long before the discovery of electricity.
Toyota began work on fuel cell technology about 20 years ago, simultaneously with a gasoline-electric hybrid Prius.
Toyota gave its engineers 36 months to the conclusion of the concept of the Prius hybrid on the road. Fuel cells need much more time.
In the mid-90s, some experts called hybrid cars purely scientific experiment, nothing more. The same thing is happening with FCV.
Nobody expects that users in one night will take the FCV. Hybrid Prius took 10 years. In these 10 years it has been sold only 1 million hybrids, and for the next several years, sold 7 million.
Automakers positioned on FCV as a replacement for hybrids, electric vehicles and even conventional gasoline engines. They see them as an additional choice for those who want to choose a "green" lifestyle.