Op-Ed: Hydrogen fueling stations will provide another way to drive electric in Colorado

November 9, 2021

Battery electric vehicles are getting more attention than ever before from U.S. consumers and investors.

More than one million full-electric and hybrid-electric vehicles have been sold in the U.S. so far this year, according to Kelley Blue Book. From July to September, one in every 10 new vehicles purchased by consumers was electrified – a new record. And in late October, pioneering electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla surged past $1 trillion in market value.

Based on these trends, you might think that battery electric vehicles will eventually corner the market for new cars and trucks. But it turns out there’s more than one way to drive electric – and innovators in Colorado are laying the groundwork for a more competitive marketplace in electrified transportation.

The emerging competitor to batteries is the hydrogen fuel cell. Instead of storing electricity in a battery, fuel cells use compressed hydrogen, stored in specially designed tanks, to generate electricity. The electrical current produced by a hydrogen fuel cell can run an electric motor, just like a battery does.

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