Published on July 16th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro48
Hyundai Wants Big Oil To Build Hydrogen Stations
July 16th, 2014 by Christopher DeMorro
Like Toyota and Honda, Korean automaker Hyundai is invested heavily into hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, beginning with the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell SUV. But with just six refilling stations concentrated in SoCal, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles lack any sort of refueling infrastructure.
So what does Hyundai want to do to change that? In an interview with Green Car Reports, Hyundai executive Dave Zuchowski said, “We believe the fuel companies that have been doing this for 100 years should invest in infrastructure, and we’ll do what we do best, which is build cars.”
Relying on Big Oil to build your clean refueling infrastructure? Good luck with that.
To be fair, the state of California is investing millions of dollars into hydrogen fueling stations that will support fuel cell vehicles from Toyota and Honda as well, and that by the end of 2016 there are expected to be as many as…30 refilling stations across SoCal. At the very least though, people paying the $499 a month to lease a Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle will have access to free, unlimited hydrogen, which is about the only way to undercut the trivial refueling costs of cars like the Tesla Model S.
Unfortunately for Hyundai and other companies committing to hydrogen, electric cars seem ready to take off into the mainstream thanks to superstars like Tesla and BMW building EVs people really want to buy. Meanwhile, EV advocates have highlighted just how wasteful current hydrogen production methods are, and why electric cars seem to be a better way forward.
Just don’t tell Hyundai though. They seem more concerned taking potshots at Tesla over “government money” used to install the Supercharger network (not true in the least, by the way) than explaining how they’ll build a nationwide network of hydrogen fueling stations, which is also getting government help.
Yeah, let’s pretend Big Oil is going to undercut their main source of income, out of the goodness of their hearts.
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