Three Encouraging Numbers About the Growing Use of Hydrogen in Transportation
It’s probably not too hard to guess that at Joi Scientific, we’re passionate about exceptional hydrogen. Last month Medium wrote an article that encapsulates many of the things we love about the number one element, calling 2018 “an eventful year for hydrogen technologies, delivering a fresh crop of major advances and disruptive innovations.”
This Valentine’s Day, we thought it fitting to highlight how love for hydrogen is spreading, and as a result, the increasing role it is beginning to play in our everyday lives. At a time when society needs clean, abundant, and reliable sources of energy, unlocking the energy potential of the most energetic of elements is no longer a future promise: it’s here today.
Hydrogen is becoming a crucial part of a smarter approach to energy as this sign at a San Francisco gas station demonstrates.
10,000 Moving Reasons to Love Hydrogen
The number of hydrogen cars on the road reached 10,000 in 2018. The year began with 6,500 hydrogen vehicles―the aggregate number of all hydrogen vehicles sold since 2015 when they first became available―and ended with 10,000 hydrogen vehicles sold, reflecting a year of exponential growth with major manufacturers, such as Honda and Toyota, leading the way. According to the Medium article, the number of automakers offering hydrogen vehicles within the next couple of years is expected to increase to 11.
In California, it is quite common to see hydrogen cars and hydrogen fueling stations, such as the one shown in the picture above. In fact, the state is delivering what they call “The California Fuel Cell Revolution.” Their Vision 2030 Report “outlines an ambitious plan to roll out a comprehensive network of 1,000 hydrogen fueling stations placed strategically to serve consumers in all major markets in the state.” This infrastructure will enable manufacturers like Honda, Toyota, and Hyundai to sell hydrogen vehicles, which will have an unfair advantage over electric cars in that they can be recharged in a couple of minutes at the stations available statewide.
231,660 Clean Taxi Trips in the City of Love
Hype Taxis, whose growing fleet numbers 100 hydrogen taxis in Paris, made 231,660 trips covering more than 3.5 million kilometers in 2018, as reported by Medium. According to The Energy Observer, the benefits provided by Hype Taxis are as tangible as they are hard to argue against. These benefits include “a range of over 500 km, refueling in 3 to 5 minutes, no noise and no emissions except water vapor.”
The Energy Observer quoted Mathieu Gardies, president of STEP, the Société du Taxi Electrique Parisien (Paris Electric Taxi Association), which manages the fleet of Hype Taxis, as saying, “the key difference compared to battery-powered electric vehicles is that it is not necessary to immobilize the vehicle [to re-charge it for hours]. It is easier to ask drivers to adopt hydrogen because it will not change their working method.” This is a statement which any UX (user experience) expert would agree to as being key to achieving consumer adoption of new technologies.
10,326 Nautical Miles Using Ocean-Friendly Fuel
The growing evidence of hydrogen adoption in transportation was not confined only to land in 2018. As the Medium article reports, “The former race boat, Energy Observer, was fully transformed into a vessel of the future, powered by electric propulsion thanks to a mix of renewable energies and a hydrogen production system to produce carbon-free hydrogen on board.” The boat covered “10,326 nautical miles on its mission to circumnavigate the globe in search of innovative solutions for the environment.” This experimental vessel, hailed to be the world’s first hydrogen-powered vessel, uses hydrogen to reach energy autonomy and zero emissions.
Because the shipping industry accounts for 2.5% of the world’s carbon emissions and uses some of the world’s dirtiest fossil fuels (known as bunker oil) to bring us most of the products we use and consume every day, experimenting with hydrogen transportation in the marine sector is crucial to a sustainable future.
Loving Hydrogen Everywhere
Progress in hydrogen technology is accelerating everywhere, not just in transportation. However, transportation is one of the more visible areas because we encounter it in our everyday lives when riding cars, taking trains, or using public transportation in cities. A clean energy source that is abundant and affordable is one that consumers, industry and governments alike can love.
Have a joi-ful Valentine’s Day.
As the Hydrogen 2.0 ecosystem gains momentum, we’ll be sharing our views and insights on the new Hydrogen 2.0 Economy. We also update our blog every week with insightful and current knowledge in this growing energy field.