Look Who Wants To Make FCV Cars Popular

History

FCVs, or Fuel Cell Vehicles, debuted in 1966, when GM made the Chevy Electrovan. However, at the time, they were very cost-ineffective. Therefore, GM put the idea on the backburner, and developed it without producing any more FCV cars for the next several decades.  

It wasn’t until technology had caught up a bit with human innovation, and the 10,000 psi hydrogen tanks were ready for use, that the true interest in creating FCVs came about.

Hydrogen Van

Infrastructure

As of 2013, there were only 10 accessible hydrogen filling stations in the United States.  This was great for Californians, as 8 of them were in Southern California. There was a lot of hydrogen station build planning going on in 2014. Germany, Japan, the U.S., and England are all forking up a ton of money to build multiple stations across those countries. The issue is mainly for station builders and owners. To buy and install the equipment to convert or add hydrogen filling stations to an existing station can run anywhere from $500,000 to $5,000,000 per pump!

This amount is dependent upon the size and traffic of the station.

Hydrogen Station

Popularization

The willingness of station owners and governments to spend this kind of money on building an infrastructure depends greatly on the number of FCVs on the road. As with many businesses, it takes money to make money. However, there has to be money to be made, otherwise, it’s bad business. This is what the Japanese are trying to fix. The Japanese government has drawn up a plan to build hydrogen stations as quickly as possible, so that FCV sales will sky-rocket; or, at least, this is their hope. The U.S. will probably wait around and see what happens.

If our government figures out that there’s money to be made, we may see some heavy building very soon!

In the mean time, Toyota, Honda and Nissan have banded together to assist in the effort to popularize these hydrogen cars.

Hydrogen Car Info Graphic

About The Author

Hello everyone,
My name is Aaron. I was born in ’89, and have been in the world of motoring ever since. Since I was very young, I have been building cars in various ways. The ones I was most proud of building were a 595hp ’02 Ford Mustang GT, a 510hp ’98 Subaru Impreza Outback, and a 490hp ’93 Honda Civic Coupe with a K-series swap. I am currently building a ’94 Honda Accord which should finish at about 350hp. I have driven in amateur and semiprofessional racing events across the world, but my previous career didn’t allow me to go any further; so I started writing about and building cars. My passions are now complete.

I am married, and have 2 sons, plus 1 daughter on the way!
I am excited to be able to share my interests with other like-minded people. Give me as much feedback and discussion as you’d like. I’d love to converse with each and every one of you.

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