28 Jul '14, 5pm

The Electric Vehicle Revolution Is Nigh (Infographic)

Recently I have been noticing that the community commenting here holds some clear misconceptions about Fuel Cell vehicles and their viability vs Battery powered vehicles. The largest of these misconceptions is that it is significantly more efficient and less polluting to charge a battery than to create hydrogen. This simply is not true, as it is actually more efficient to electrolyze hydrogen using a thermal source (up to 80%) than to create and distribute electricity from a thermal source (50-60% for CCGTs, lower for other methods like biomass geothermal etc). And it just so happens that most of the originating energy in the world is thermal. Other misconceptions about FCEVs surround the fuel economy, the weight, the cost to manufacture, the reliability, and the material lifecycle (recyclability). In the latter 4 areas, fuel cell vehicles hold a significant edge over batt...

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