Don’t forget about hydrogen fuel in your excitement over electric vehicles

The Biden administration’s goal of reaching a carbon-free energy sector in the U.S. by 2035 has recently reached a fever pitch, with the Senate passing a major infrastructure package containing investments in alternative fuels and Biden issuing an executive order to spur electric vehicle adoption.

For many years, product availability, charging infrastructure, and consumer demand have held back the widespread adoption of alternative-powered vehicles. But now, the electrified revolution is finally here.

In 20 years, we will realize that this was the tipping point of emissions-free transportation. But we’ll also realize it wasn’t a single technology that accomplished this mission.

While the growing demand for battery electric vehicles is exciting, the immediate strain on resources and infrastructure required to support this rapid shift to electric vehicles is real. There are still many challenges, including an inadequate supply of charging stations, the absence of a dependable and affordable electricity supply, and battery inefficiency. There are also other transportation modes for which battery electric power is not a realistic solution.

For many years, product availability, charging infrastructure, and consumer demand have held back the widespread adoption of alternative-powered vehicles. But now, the electrified revolution is finally here.

In 20 years, we will realize that this was the tipping point of emissions-free transportation. But we’ll also realize it wasn’t a single technology that accomplished this mission.

Unlike batteries, fuel cell technology can be scaled for passenger vehicles, as well as buses, ships, and trains. In the future, hydrogen will even fuel urban air mobility.

As well as expanding its lineup of battery, hybrid, and plug-in electric vehicles, Hyundai is pioneering hydrogen fuel cell technology. We and our suppliers plan to spend $6.7 billion and produce 700,000 fuel cell systems annually by 2030. This will create more than 50,000 jobs.

We recently started exporting the Xcient Fuel Cell, the world’s first mass-produced fuel cell heavy-duty truck, demonstrating the advantages of fuel cell technology over battery electric in certain applications. Toyota and Honda also believe in the viability of hydrogen technology.

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