While electric cars have long been heralded as the future means of transportation for the coming ages, drawbacks have limited their expansion towards a niche status.
Still, with regulators globally pushing for better fuel efficiency and lower green gas emissions, electric cars remain an important plan for automakers. Now, after the initial push of batter-operated electrics has failed to push up the market for alternative fueled cars, a new electric technology is being showcased – fuel cells.
According to Wolf-Henning Scheider, the chief of Bosch’s automotive division, said during an industry event that fuel cells are now a “viable alternative to other zero-emission vehicle technologies,” as the technology is now becoming cheaper. The Bosch senior executive forecasts the fuel-cell segment would become commercially viable for mass use in cars by 2025. So far, the type of cars that use fuel cells to produce electricity didn’t get widespread releases because of massive development costs and a lack of refueling infrastructure. Their advantages – especially when compared to battery-fueled electrics – are hard to ignore though: they can offer five times the range and refueling takes places in minutes, not hours.
Scheider thinks that producing fuel-cell cars would still be twice as expensive as making battery-operated vehicles even in 2025, but the higher operating range should still make them a viable option, especially since fuel cell production would gradually become more common.