Elon Musk Said Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles ‘Extremely Silly': Some Experts Now Disagree

Jae C Hong/AP

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has previously called hydrogen fuel cell vehicles “extremely silly,” referring to the technology as “fool sells,” but it is becoming apparent that not everyone agrees with his stance.

Save More: Unplug These Appliances That Hike Up Your Electricity Bill
Find Out: Here’s How Much You Need To Earn To Be ‘Rich’ in Every State

When the subject came up during a discussion with reporters at the 2015 Automotive News World Congress, Musk said “it’s just very difficult … to make hydrogen and store it and use it in a car,” according to CNBC. “The best-case hydrogen fuel cell doesn’t win against the current case batteries, so then, obviously … it doesn’t make sense,” he added later.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) are similar to electric vehicles (EVs) in that they use an electric motor instead of an internal combustion engine to power the wheels. However, while EVs run on batteries that must be plugged in to recharge, FCVs generate their electricity onboard. In a fuel cell, hydrogen gas from the vehicle’s fuel tank combines with oxygen from the air to generate electricity — with only water and heat being byproducts of the process, the EPA explains.

Per the EPA, like electric vehicles, FCVs are zero-emission vehicles – they have no smog-related or greenhouse gas tailpipe emissions. Emissions are created in the process of producing and transporting hydrogen fuel, however. While hydrogen is abundant in the universe, it must be separated from other compounds to be used as fuel. This process can be energy intensive. The amount of emissions associated with producing hydrogen fuels depends on the source of hydrogen and production method. Currently, the majority of hydrogen that is made for use as a fuel comes from natural gas, but hydrogen fuel also can be made from water, oil, coal, and plant material, the EPA adds.

Find Out More: Tips To Keep Your Finances in Order Without Sacrificing What You Want

Companies including Toyota and Hyundai have produced hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, and in June, BMW announced it had started testing near-standard vehicles with a hydrogen fuel cell drive train, according to a statement.

Hydrogen fuel cell technology has the long-term potential to supplement internal combustion engines, plug-in hybrid systems and battery-electric vehicles within the BMW Group’s flexible drive train strategy, per the BMW press release.

“It could become an attractive alternative to battery-electric drive trains – especially for customers who do not have their own access to electric charging infrastructure or who frequently drive long distances,” the company said.

In a statement to CNBC, Toyota said that fuel cell cars will certainly play a part in decarbonizing transport — and that they will offer a convenient alternative form of electrified transport over fully electric battery-powered electric vehicles.

“The range of hydrogen applications will increase, enabling cheaper, more efficient power supply and we’ll increasingly see hydrogen powering cars, buses, trains and trucks,” a Toyota spokesperson told CNBC.

Tips: 9 Bills You Should Never Put on Autopay

The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) echoed this sentiment, telling CNBC that fuel cell electric vehicles and hydrogen energy offered customers “a zero-emission option with performance they expect and no change to daily routines — long range, quick refueling, and the ability to scale to larger platforms without adding restrictive weight and size.”

“Also, given the limitations of battery weight and recharging for long haul trucking, a significant opportunity also exists for medium- and heavy-duty delivery vans, trucks, buses, trains, and planes,” the FCHEA told CNBC.

More From GOBankingRates

    This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.com: Elon Musk Said Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles ‘Extremely Silly’: Some Experts Now Disagree

    News Related

    OTHER NEWS

    Rihanna scores a fashion moment! Singer wears a $200 football shirt mini dress and $670 Miu Miu goalkeeper gloves as she holds hands with A$AP Rocky during NYC date night

    Rihanna has been getting in plenty of one-on-one time with her boyfriend A$AP Rocky in recent weeks. And on Saturday, the couple were spotted enjoying another dinner date at swanky ... Read more »

    Vicky Kaushal beats Monday 'blues' with THIS song; fans say 'we need jam sessions with wifey Katrina Kaif'!

    © Provided by Zee News New Delhi: Months after working for filmmaker Laxman Utekar’s untitled film, actors Vicky Kaushal and Sara Ali Khan have wrapped the shooting in Indore. Now ... Read more »

    Various banners erected on prominent Long Street building unlawful, court rules

    A number of billboards have been unlawfully erected at the top of Cape Town’s iconic Long Street A court has ruled that the owner of ‘Overbeek Signs’ must remove the ... Read more »

    Rajkummar Rao, Bhumi Pednekar's Badhaai Do trailer to release tomorrow. See new poster

    Poster of Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar’s Badhaai Do. Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar are ready to make you laugh with their comedy drama, Badhaai Do. The film’s trailer will ... Read more »

    Pant Gets Kohli's 'Death Stare' & Angry Fans Call Him 'Most Overhyped Player Ever'

    © Provided by MensXP Rishabh Pant is a match-winner on his day but when things don’t go his way, he looks like a cricketer with little sense of match situation. ... Read more »

    The rise and rise of the dramatic eyeliner look – and how to embrace it yourself

    You’ve likely already got a favourite eyeliner in your make-up kit – be it a sharp liquid pen, soft kohl or precision pencil. There’s a high chance you’ve honed a ... Read more »

    Tradesman fined £50,000 after burgling millionaire couple's French Riviera mansion over unpaid bills

    A TRADESMAN has been fined £50,000 after burgling a millionaire couple's French Riviera mansion in a row over an unpaid invoice. CCTV installer Bruce Pearce arranged for the mega villa ... Read more »

    'Cowardly and weak': Navratilova hits out at Australian Open ban on Peng Shuai T-shirts

    Tennis great Martina Navratilova has accused the Australian Open of being “cowardly” and “capitulating” to China by preventing fans from wearing T-shirts showing support for Peng Shuai. © Reuters Peng ... Read more »

    Former Midvaal mayor Bongani Baloyi joins ActionSA

    © Abigail Javier/Eyewitness News ActionSA announced Bongani Baloyi as its newest member on 24 January 2022. JOHANNESBURG – Former Democratic Alliance (DA) Midvaal mayor Bongani Baloyi has joined ActionSA. The ... Read more »

    Rita Ora puts on a leggy display in figure-hugging silver and black fringed dress as she judges the latest episode of The Masked Singer

    She always pulls out the stops for the occasion. And Rita Ora put on another sizzling display as she appeared as a judge on The Masked Singer on Saturday. Taking ... Read more »

    Big Brother Mzansi Finally Premieres

    Last night marked the premiere of Big Big Brother Mzansi season 3, which had thousands of South Africans glued to their small screens to witness the triumphant return of the ... Read more »

    Currys driver caught sending creepy texts to SECOND customer – behind his girlfriend's back

    THE CREEPY Currys driver who harassed a woman with flirty texts contacted a second customer – behind his girlfriend's back. Single mum Jessica Hickling, from Newsome, West Yorkshire, also revealed ... Read more »

    Soccer-Hosts India forced to withdraw from Women's Asian Cup

    (Reuters) – Women’s Asian Cup hosts India are “considered to have withdrawn” from the tournament in accordance with competition rules after a COVID-19 outbreak forced their match against Taiwan to ... Read more »

    Partygate stormclouds gather for Boris: Downing St police give 'damning evidence' to top mandarin as Cummings prepares to meet her TODAY – while PM begs Speaker to let him respond to report quickly and sets up 'Avengers' operation to fight coup bid

    Police on duty in Downing Street when alleged 'Partygate' gatherings took place have been interviewedTop civil servant Sue Gray is expected to unveil her findings about the Partygatet allegations in coming daysBoris Johnson has insisted he did not break any lockdown rules as Tories threaten to launch a coup attempt Former No10 chief Dominic Cummings is due to give his version of the controversial events to Ms Gray   Read more »

    Daniil Medvedev blasts his on-court behaviour vs Maxime Cressy - 'I got a bit crazy'

    Daniil Medvedev came through a tough four-set win against world No 70 Maxime Cressy at the Australian Open on Monday. The US Open champion dropped just his second set of ... Read more »

    'We're not opposed to Amazon building HQ in Cape Town just not on heritage land'

    Concerned citizens and traditional leaders are opposing the development of the land at the confluence of the Liesbeek River for environmental and cultural-historical reasons Activists say the area is a ... Read more »

    EFF tells 2021 matriculants with bachelor passes to 'flood the gates of universities'

    © Provided by Times Live Matriculants who obtained bachelor passes must “flood the gates” of universities to pursue higher education, says the EFF.  The party has committed to supporting pupils ... Read more »

    ActionSA set to announce new high-profile member

    © ActionSA/ Twitter ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba. JOHANNESBURG – Herman Mashaba’s ActionSA outfit, hot on the heels of battles with Makhosi Khoza, is moving on and set to announce a ... Read more »

    FBI searches Center for COVID Control headquarters amid probes; LAUSD to prohibit cloth masks: Live updates

    The FBI on Saturday searched the headquarters of a nationwide string of coronavirus testing sites known as the Center for COVID Control. The company and its main lab, which has ... Read more »

    Prince Andrew ‘ordered Royal protection officers to retrieve his stray golf balls' while practising in Buckingham Palace

    SPOILT Prince Andrew would get royal protection officers to retrieve his stray golf balls, according to newly-resurfaced reports. A palace insider claimed members of the elite Royal police squad, who ... Read more »

    Woman accused of stealing R4m in Mall of Africa heist drops bail bid

    © Kgomotso Modise/Eyewitness News Bathobile Mlangeni is accused of stealing R4 million from the Mall of Africa in 2019 while working for cash-in-transit company, SBV. JOHANNESBURG – The woman who ... Read more »

    ANC failing to introspect: political analyst

    © Provided by eNCA JOHANNESBURG – Political analyst, professor Sipho Seepe says the ANC is failing to recognise its mistakes. He says the party is to blame for poverty and the ... Read more »

    The Manchester United player who has been at the heart of their 'mini renaissance'

    Attacking-midfielder Bruno Fernandes is the man leading Manchester United’s recent revival following Saturday’s 1-0 win over West Ham United at Old Trafford. That is according to former United and Tottenham ... Read more »

    Newcastle could get SJP rocking by signing "top class" £50m beast who has "everything" - opinion

    © Provided by Football FanCast premier-league-newcastle-aston-villa-brighton-bissouma An update has emerged on Newcastle United and their pursuit of Mali international Yves Bissouma… What’s the talk? According to the Daily Mail, the ... Read more »

    US, UK order families of Kyiv embassy staff to leave Ukraine

    © Provided by DW Concerns are growing that the US Embassy and other foreign diplomatic sites could face security threats amid growing tension with Russia Relatives of US diplomats stationed ... Read more »

    Madonna takes daughter Mercy James to late ex Tupac Shakur exhibit - three years after her failed legal bid to stop auction of rapper's explosive prison letter and her 'personally worn panties'

    Tupac dated Madonna between 1993 and 1995 and revealed in a letter to the singer that he ended their relationship because she was whiteThe talented rapper penned the emotional letter while serving his prison sentence for sexual abuse charges, 18 months before his death  In 2017, items linking the rapper and the singer, including the letter, a pair of Madonna's knickers and a lock of her hair were put up for auctionMadonna filed for an emergency court order to stop the sale, which she ultimately lost the following year Tupac was gunned down and killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in September 1996 Read more »

    President of Burkina Faso ‘held by mutinous soldiers'

    Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore is being held by mutinous soldiers, two of the soldiers said by phone. They did not say where Mr Kabore is being held, ... Read more »

    Video: Grant Denyer chokes back tears as he shares footage of his daughters Sailor, 10, and Scout, six, enjoying their first time go-karting

    Read more »

    Forget McGregor: Ange must seal late Celtic swoop for 22y/o beast who's "made of gold" - opinion

    © Provided by Football FanCast Celtic, Hoops, Bhoys, SPFL, Scottish Premiership, Ange Postecoglou, Parkhead, Paradise, Celtic Park, Ahmed Kendouci, Callum McGregor, 2021 was an extremely unkind year to Celtic Football ... Read more »

    Video: Partygate stormclouds gather for Boris: Downing St police give 'damning evidence' to top mandarin as Cummings prepares to meet her TODAY - while PM begs Speaker to let him respond to report quickly and sets up 'Avengers' operation to fight coup bid

    Read more »

    Cathay Pacific says 'cash burn' will worsen over Hong Kong curbs

    © Anthony WALLACE Cathay Pacific has been decimated by the pandemic and has no domestic market to fall back on Cathay Pacific is poised to lose nearly $200 million a ... Read more »

    7 gorgeous new outdoor restaurants to try in Dubai

    © Motivate Publishing dubai outdoor restaurants featured Here’s where to make the most of the gorgeous Dubai sunshine… After weeks of weather uncertainty, glorious blue skies and breezy summer days ... Read more »

    Video: Downing Street police have given 'extremely damning' partygate evidence to Sue Gray: 'If Boris Johnson is still Prime Minister by the end of the week I'd be very surprised' says source... as Dominic Cummings is expected to be quizzed TODAY

    Read more »

    Hate speech case: Delhi court orders sedition charges against Sharjeel Imam

    A Delhi court has ordered sedition charges to be slapped on Sharjeel Imam in connection with alleged inflammatory speeches delivered by him at Aligarh Muslim University, Uttar Pradesh, and the ... Read more »

    Tesla Officially Enters Turkish Market

    © Motor1.com 1. Tesla Model 3 The EV automaker is expanding its European operations. Tesla delivered 936,000 vehicles around the globe last year, up 87 percent from its 2020 results. ... Read more »

    Alex de Minaur bows out of Australian Open after straight-set loss against rising young Italian - leaving NO more Aussies left in men's singles fight

    Aussie star Alex de Minaur crashed out of the Australian Open in straight sets He lost to rising Italian star Jannik Sinner who is currently ranked world no.10 De Minaur knew he was bound to go up against 'immense firepower' in the match Read more »

    Outrage as fan is ordered to remove 'Where is Peng Shuai?' T-shirt at Australian Open (whose organisers have a £53million sponsorship deal with Chinese liquor firm)

    Video emerged of security staff ordering spectators to remove shirts with 'Where is Peng Shuai' at Melbourne ParkTennis players have criticised the move, with some accusing organisers of bowing to corporate sponsorship from ChinaTennis Australia has £53m sponsor deal with Chinese distillery Luzhou Laojiao  Read more »

    Lage must finally seal Wolves swoop for "perfect" £22.5m-rated gem, he badly needs him - opinion

    © Provided by Football FanCast Donny Van de Beek 1 Long-term Wolverhampton Wanderers target Donny van de Beek looks set to leave Manchester United this transfer window with the Dutch ... Read more »

    Coronation Street's Amanda Barrie, 86, claims she would've been sacked if she came out as bisexual in the 80s

    Coronation Street star Amanda Barrie has revealed she kept her sexuality a secret when she started working on the soap, as she believed she would’ve been sacked if it came ... Read more »

    Video: Boris Johnson told to call in human rights commissioners to investigate 'Muslimness' row after MP Nusrat Ghani said she was sacked because of her religion

    Read more »
    On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic