Hyundai Backs Hydrogen Fuel Cells
Hyundai, a global automobile manufacturer, is planning on releasing their iX35 hydrogen subcompact – which is already being sold in Europe – in North America as soon as next year, at least according to the Detroit Bureau. Hydrogen fuel cells have been around – at least in theory – since the 1940’s, and were used to power the capsules used on the Apollo missions in the 1960’s. Though the industry shifted toward electric power via lithium-ion batteries in the late 1990’s, hydrogen has long been a fascination for automotive makers, though the apparent costs of building a strong enough infrastructure to support hydrogen-powered vehicles have been a deterrent for many to make such a big investment.
But this hasn’t stopped Hyundai, and if they can overcome the problems with a current lack of infrastructure by the time the vehicle is released, we could start seeing a nationwide shift away from fossil fuels. Toyota and Honda have both committed to hydrogen power, at least partially – both plan on releasing hydrogen-powered vehicles within the next few years. This is good news for automobile transport companies as well, considering that many are struggling with rising costs of diesel to power their trucks. With California and other states cracking down on vehicle emissions, some transport companies running older-model carrier trucks could have trouble with getting into and out of California if their trucks don’t meet code – which could potentially mean a huge loss of revenue for many companies. If hydrogen becomes more popular, it’s not difficult to imagine the technology being adapted for use in the transportation industry – many long-distance haulers in a variety of different industries, not just car transport, could see their expenses drop considerably if hydrogen power is adapted to their needs. And in the auto transport industry, that could very well lead to drastically lower prices for consumers.
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