Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) represent a viable and attractive opportunity to secure more sustainable transport, using a powertrain technology that is clean, efficient and makes better use of natural energy resources.
Using hydrogen gas as a fuel for generating electric power, FCEVs produce no harmful tailpipe emissions when being driven – only water vapour. The system they use is durable and compact and provides a consistent driving character regardless of the environment or climate, so consumers experience no major compromises in terms of practicality and performance compared to conventional petrol and diesel-powered vehicles.
Several of the world’s leading car manufacturers have been developing hydrogen fuel cell concept vehicles during the past 20 years and have matured the technology to the point where the first production models will be coming to market within the next few years. Their priority will be to introduce vehicles in markets where a strategy is in place to support their use with an appropriate infrastructure for hydrogen fuel supply, distribution and sale.