Recent suggestions are suggesting they are with recent moves by Japan’s two largest automakers. Even after years of development and several brief revivals it is just not ready yet and may never be.
So what’s the answer to this problem, well the next big green-tech seems to be hydrogen powered cars. Hydrogen will be able to transfer its energy to mechanical energy either by reacting hydrogen with oxygen in a fuel cell to run electric motors, or by burning hydrogen in an internal combustion engine.
The UK will be investing in a basic initial network of hydrogen refuelling stations as it is required to encourage early adoption of FCEVs and there will be a slow response to the creation of this network and there being and a sufficient FCEVs on the road.
“Early adopter” interest will need to be fostered and converted into sales to build confidence in the emerging market. Up to 10 per cent of new car customers will be attracted by the newness of the technology and environmental considerations. There is the potential of there being 1.6 million vehicles on UK roads by 2030.
Some types of hydrogen production do produce CO2. Competitive hydrogen costs can be delivered with using a variety of manufacturing methods. With it being 60% lower CO2 omissions in 2020, improving to 75% less in 2030 and to zero by 2050.
At the moment hydrogen cars are very expensive to buy. In America, Honda’s FCX Clarity is over $100,000 but a Honda spokesman said “Prices should drop below $100,000 in less than a decade as production on these vehicles increases.