Is Tesla Hydrogen Energy Real (Tesla Hydrogen Energy Vehicle)
A year ago, there was a bad talk about hydrogen-fueled vehicles on the Internet. At that time, it happened that Honda and Nissan both gave up their plans to launch the next generation of hydrogen-fueled vehicles. Herbert Diss, the former CEO of audi ag, announced the "bad talk" about hydrogen-fueled vehicles. "You won't see any application of hydrogen energy in automobiles, even in 10 years, because the physics behind it is too unreasonable." Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, is more radical than Dis. Directly approving fuel cells is an "IQ tax", and it is a stupid choice to use them in cars.
So many people think that hydrogen-fueled vehicles have no future at all, and the development of hydrogen-fueled vehicles has fallen into the trap of Toyota. However, in 2022, the situation changed suddenly, and almost all the global automobile giants were working on hydrogen-fueled vehicles.
In terms of automobile brands in China, almost countless first-and second-tier brands are making efforts in hydrogen-fueled vehicles, such as Geely, Great Wall, Changan, BYD, SAIC, GAC and so on. Among them, the dark blue SL03 hydrogen energy version of Changan's hydrogen fuel vehicle has been listed.
In terms of German automobile brands, Volkswagen once launched Hydrogen Golf and Audi A7. After the new CEO of Volkswagen went public, it took hydrogen-fueled vehicles as an important development direction and planned to launch hydrogen-fueled vehicles with a battery life of 2,000 kilometers in 2026. Daimler and Volvo set up a hydrogen fuel joint venture, and also reached a cooperation with the oil giant Shell. It is estimated that more than 5,000 hydrogen trucks and heavy vehicles will be produced by 2030, and the BMW iX5 hydrogen model has been produced on a small scale.
Needless to say, Japanese brands began to study hydrogen energy vehicles in 1992, and launched the world's first hydrogen fuel cell mass production model in 2014. Mirai Honda began to develop hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in 1999, officially launched the hydrogen energy vehicle clarity in 2016, and recently announced that it would launch a chrome-vanadium alloy hydrogen energy version.
For Korean car companies, at the end of 2020, Hyundai Motor released a brand-new "2025 Strategy" to upgrade hydrogen energy solutions to one of the three pillar businesses of the Group. In 2018, NEXO mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell cars were launched, and in 2021, a brand-new upgraded model of XCIENT Fuel Cell, the world's first hydrogen fuel cell heavy truck, was released.
On the side of American car companies, Ford is developing hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engines, and General Motors cooperates with Nikola to plan to launch hydrogen-fueled trucks.
It can be seen that almost all the mainstream car companies in the world are developing hydrogen-fueled vehicles. In addition to car companies, energy giants such as Sinopec, Guodian Investment, National Energy Group and BP are all developing hydrogen energy.
Why did the hydrogen fuel car, which was generally sung by netizens before, become a hot potato overnight, and even Volkswagen, which had previously resisted hydrogen fuel cars, changed its wind direction and began to lay out hydrogen fuel cars? The reason is simple, because hydrogen-fueled vehicles have great development potential.
In the current global new energy market, pure electric vehicles account for about 68%, plug-in hybrid vehicles account for about 32%, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles account for less than 1%. However, according to the prediction of the International Committee on Hydrogen Energy, by 2050, hydrogen energy will bear 18% of the global energy terminal demand, and fuel cell vehicles will account for 20%-25% of the global vehicles.
Obviously, hydrogen fuel vehicles will occupy the market share of other types of vehicles in the future, and this part of the market share is where the increment of car companies lies.
Many people criticize hydrogen fuel vehicles, which are nothing more than platitudes, such as unsafe, high cost of hydrogen production, few hydrogen refueling stations, etc., but we should take a long view. At this stage, both electric vehicles and fuel vehicles have their own shortcomings, and the breakthrough of fast charging technology is far away. Moreover, hydrogen can be regarded as the most promising clean energy in the 21st century as a zero-emission energy source, and its greatest advantages are hydrogen production, hydrogen storage and hydrogen use.
At least in the next few decades, hydrogen power and pure electric power will be two parallel and complementary development routes, and fuel cell vehicles have the advantages of no emission from electric vehicles and rapid recharge with traditional fuel vehicles. Moreover, there is no need to build as many energy-replenishing facilities as electric vehicles. Of course, the development of hydrogen-fueled vehicles still faces many obstacles, such as the cost of hydrogen production, the price of hydrogen-fueled vehicles, the construction of hydrogen refueling stations, etc., but these problems will be gradually solved with the development of hydrogen-fueled vehicles.
In fact, this also tells us that everything is not black and white. Hydrogen-fueled vehicles and electric vehicles can develop in parallel, and we should look at the problem with a longer-term and developmental perspective. Who would have thought that electric vehicles would be bought by so many consumers 10 years ago? Then, what will happen to hydrogen-fueled vehicles 10 years later or 20 years later? Who can really predict?