Hydrogen cars to overtake electric, says expert

Electric cars represent poor value for money compared to petrol or diesel alternatives, Continental executive says

Hydrogen cars to overtake electric, says expert

The electric vehicle “has its limits” and passenger cars will use hydrogen from 2030, according to an executive at Continental.

Dr Felix Gress, head of corporate communications and public affairs at automotive technology firm Continental, told an audience in Germany that electric cars represent poor value for money compared to petrol or diesel alternatives.

He said: “For the customers, it will be difficult to accept such a car in the market – you pay a higher price, you get less of a car, so it will be a tough sell.”

Gress predicts that the current focus on EV will be reversed within a decade.

He added: “The fuel cell is not ready to kick in yet.

“By 2030, we’ll see that coming, especially in passenger cars that run long distances, or trucks.”

Gress said manufacturers need to focus on electric cars in order to lower their fleet emissions and meet upcoming regulations in various markets, many of which have plans to limit or ban the sale of new conventionally powered petrol and diesel cars.

Circling back around to the topic of hydrogen vehicles,

During his speech Gress commented that hydrogen vehicle is “something Continental is considering”.

He said: “Fuel cell is not out of reach, I would say.

“The question is when it would kick in.

“We are working on that area, too.”

Do you think the future of motoring is electric or hydrogen? Share your comments below.

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    Brian L Pitts

    I think long term future should be electric. If house building regulations where changed that all New Build houses have solar panels and storage facility, this would make the charging of E.V vehicles a much cleaner and cheaper option, alleviating the need for more power stations. The vast majority of car journeys are of low mileage ones i.e commuting to/from work, an overnight charge from storage panels would suffice for the next days use. Inevitably this would not suit all but would greatly reduce the running costs of daily commuting and fleet cars, also the cost to the environment. There is more to come yet from E.V batteries in the form of the IFbattery technology This could be a very interesting project. The future is bright but does need switching on

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    Steph Savill

    Both please. But why didn’t we do this thinking sooner – didn’t we see the green agenda looming large?

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