Why aren’t there more hydrogen cars on the roads today or hydrogen filling stations on every corner? In some senses this lack of adoption is a self-fulfilling prophecy, with very few filling stations and infrastructure, fewer manufacturers are making hydrogen-powered cars today. Few consumers are aware of the benefits of FCEVs, and with no vehicles in the showrooms, there’s none to buy. So what’s next?
In the 2020’s we’ve seen an exponential increase in BEV popularity, and increased consumer habits, and propensity towards SUVs and CUV’s currently being sold with internal combustion engines (ICE). With all the benefits of FCEVs, coupled with consumer demand for CUV’s, we’re at the cusp of a major shift in the automotive landscape. While BEV technology is more popular, it is not the best-suited technology for a large portion of the globe or for SUVs where inclement weather is a consumer concern.
Welcome the world’s first FCEV SUV: The 2021 Hyundai Nexo, which promises 380 miles per fill-up, filling the hydrogen cell takes just 5 minutes, and it’s backed by a juicy warranty. Hyundai is bringing the hits in 2021, beating Ford to the punch with the first-ever CUV truck in the Santa Cruz, and a track record of Hydrogen drivetrains in their stable. Currently, the Nexo appears to only offer front-wheel drive. Fortunately, according to recent press releases, BMW promises a hydrogen-powered AWD X5 variant in the iX5 for 2022, and Audi has been promising h-tron for quite some time, but time will tell when.
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