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Cars Powered By Fuel Cells Sweeping The Nation

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles became the “life of the party” at the LA Auto Show. But the real question still exists, “How do they compare against hybrid or traditional electric vehicles?” The 107-year old show happens to be one of the most prestigious auto shows in the world. It operates from November 21st to November 30th each year, and attracts quite an audience. And in 2014 the hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles have stolen the spotlight from the fully electric models.

One of the primary benefits associated with hydrogen-based vehicles is that they are quiet. They don’t release any emissions and are extremely fuel-efficient compared to traditional vehicles. There’s no doubt they offer a wide range of benefits over traditional electric vehicles. For example, they offer better range and they can be refilled much more quickly. A hydrogen powered vehicle can be refilled in as little as three minutes, and can then go on to drive 400 miles before needing to be refilled again. The average all-electric vehicle takes several hours to charge (between 6 and 12) and can only provide an average range of 100 miles or less. Check out Chapman Dodge to learn more about the future of these vehicles.

Despite all of these advantages, hydrogen vehicles still haven’t seen the commercial success that is being experienced by their all-electric cousins. This is probably because they are still in the earlier stages of development and deployment. In the coming years, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that automakers are going to start moving from the drawing board and prototypes to real-life hydrogen-powered vehicles that you can purchase at a dealership.

It’s been known that Honda has been working on fuel cell technology for quite some time. However, at the LA Auto Show, Toyota seemed to be the car company that really took everyone’s attention. They showed off their Mirai mid-sized sedan, which will be available to the general public in 2015 (and even sooner in Japan). Volkswagen, Hyundai, Audi, and Honda were among the other car companies to announce their plans for the production of hydrogen-based vehicles in the coming years.

A huge and important concern for the immediate future of these types of vehicles is the soft infrastructure associated with it. The majority of electric vehicles can charge up at almost any 110-volt outlet. The major challenge is that hydrogen vehicles are going to require specialized refueling stations in order to charge up. At the moment, there are only 9 of these filling stations in California. Fortunately, by the end of 2016, it is estimated that there will be closer to 50 locations within the state where people can go to refuel their hydrogen-powered vehicles.

Europe is actually leading the race in this department, although, the United States will be sure to catch up in coming years. It’s estimated that many hydrogen-based vehicles are going to start becoming operational by as early as 2015, although they’ll probably see more momentum in 2016 and the subsequent years after that. Needless to say, cars powered by fuel cells are going to become mainstream sooner than we think.

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