Hydrogen is the fuel of the future as it is friendly to the environment, unlike other fuel sources that emit harmful gases into the atmosphere to add to global warming. Thus, this clean green source of power is being utilized in some upcoming vehicles that run on hydrogen fuel cells. Check out some of these hydrogen-powered, zero-emission rides being introduced in the auto market.
- Hyundai Tucson ix35: Keeping in view its green practices, Hyundai has introduced its hydrogen fuel cell-based electric vehicle called ix35 or Tucson. This vehicle has a high-pressure tank that can hold hydrogen of up to 12.3 pounds. This hydrogen-electric motor can reach a top speed of 99 mph. A full tank of hydrogen can take you on a 400-mile ride. Its modularized assembly reduces time to build up each vehicle, and thus the company is aiming to ease mass production of such vehicles.
- BMW Hydrogen 7: It is a limited-production hydrogen vehicle based on BMW’s traditional 7-series vehicle line. This modified car allows both hydrogen and gasoline combustion. Thus, it has a bivalent engine. Unlike hydrogen fuel cell-based vehicles from other brands, BMW has based this vehicle on an internal combustion engine that burns hydrogen to fuel the car.
- Mercedes-Benz F-Cell: This is another hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle that has been developed by Daimler AG. Offering two different versions, F-Cell’s latest model offers a 100-kW powerful electric engine. The latest version also comes with an improved range of 250 miles that was made possible by creating more space to hold compressed hydrogen tanks.
- Audi A7: In line with other brands launching their hydrogen vehicles, Audi is also going to send its A7 into testing. Though Audi has tried on hydrogen fuel-cell power in its previous vehicles too, it is not yet known how A7 would be powered by hydrogen. Still, hydrogen A7 would be known for its size and luxury.
- Toyota FCHV: Toyota has been designing its fuel cell hybrid vehicle (FCHV) that will again be based on hydrogen. There would be compressed hydrogen tanks to power a 90-kW fuel cell. This powertrain would have in parallel, a nickel-metal hydride accumulator battery. Both the battery and the fuel cell can power the motor together, as well as singly. Toyota has been aiming to cut greenhouse gas emission levels with its five generations of FCHV.