Monday, 5 December 2016

Why the Automotive Future Will Be Dominated by Fuel Cells

Source: "Why the Automotive Future Will Be Dominated by Fuel Cells - Range, adaptability, and refueling time will put hydrogen fuel cells ahead of the competition", IEEE Spectrum, 5th December 2016, by Scott Samuelsen 1.)

Scott Samuelsen reported, "(...) The problem with trying to power larger, longer-distance vehicles with batteries is that more battery mass must be added to do so. That in turn requires the vehicle to be outfitted with a bigger motor, a stronger suspension, and better brakes to maintain the same performance—all of which adds more weight, which means even bigger batteries are required. It’s a vicious circle, one that eventually becomes unsupportable when designing a large vehicle with the range to which drivers are accustomed. In contrast, fuel cells can be used to power virtually any size vehicle, from compacts cars to SUVs, to delivery trucks, to long-distance tractor-trailer rigs. (...)"

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1.) Scott Samuelsen, a professor emeritus of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of California, Irvine, is director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center, located at UC Irvine.