Bjørn takes a moment to rant about Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles.
According to Bjørn, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (HFCV) and refueling stations are rare breeds of bovine in Norway. While driving his Tesla Model X, he came across a station and decided to take a look.
Unlike most hydrogen in the United States that is derived from natural gas, this particular station produces hydrogen from electrolysis. So this hydrogen is cleaner than from some other sources. Of course, it is still energy inefficient, impractical and more expensive to fuel per mile than a plug-in vehicle.
While hydrogen refueling may be theoretically more convenient than charging an electric vehicle, that is only true when traveling. In practice, re-charging a battery electric (BEV) or plug-in hybrid (PHEV) wins out over a HFCV. Bjørn explains in his video:
Alright, it takes 3 to 5 minutes. That's like the main argument for using hydrogen. And it's clean. Only water, right? Well yes, it takes only 3 to 5 minutes but you know what? My Tesla here, when I'm around Oslo, I don't go to the Supercharger. I don't go to the fast charger. I plug in at home. It takes 10 seconds. When I park at the garage, I plug it in. Done.
Because fueling stations are so sparse, long-distance travel is currently out of the question for most HFCV owners. Although that may change in the future, the cars have a lot of hurdles to overcome before they can catch on. Fuel cell stacks have a limited life. Home refueling stations are technically feasible, but wildly expensive and impractical. Especially when every home with a power outlet can charge a BEV.
Check out Bjørn's video below:
Video Description via Bjørn Nyland on YouTube:
Why hydrogen cars are bullshit
I crunch some numbers and explain why hydrogen cars are bullshit compared to gasoline cars and EVs.