During most weeks on Gas2, readers respond primarily to stories about electric vehicles and a seemingly not so far-in-the-distance future in which electrified and even shared low emissions transport is the norm. This week, however, the stories that inspired the most comments from our loyal readers centered around different transportation options that might reduce emissions— fuel cells, compressed natural gas, diesel, and even a new wheel concept that will aid automatic emergency braking systems.
And another non-electric vehicle story warmed our readers’ hearts this week: a tale reminiscent of those golden days of the 20th century in which the throaty growl of a V-8 with tail fins brought us together as U.S. citizens through a collective if environmentally degrading automotive identity.
Here are those stories and more on this week’s edition of the “Gas2 Week in Review.” (Of course, in case you missed them, you may also want to check out the ever-popular Tesla treatises about software updates and the dilemma about finding charging stations on long distance drives.)
The fourth generation fuel cell for the new Hyundai is more powerful, more efficient, and has longer range than the unit used in the current Tucson FCEV. Efficiency of the fuel cell is now 60%, range is up to 800 kilometers (500 miles), the rating is coming in at 161 horsepower, and the low temperature operation has improved to as low as -30 degrees Celsius (-22 degrees F). Even with all those caveats, Gas2 reader comments reminded us that “hydrogen is NOT clean. 95% of hydrogen is produced from natural gas in a process that produces, yes, carbon” as well as “over $1 TRILLION to build a hydrogen infrastructure.”