Why hydrogen is pivotal to achieve zero emission mobility

Three key reasons why driving on hydrogen fuel cells should be considered in addition to battery electric driving

16-08-2018

As a frontrunner in clean fuels, we strongly believe in hydrogen as one of the main clean fuels of the future. In our eyes, hydrogen is in a league of its own when it comes to using renewable energy in mobility. A lot is written and said about the promise and obstacles of hydrogen and fuel cell mobility. In this article, we’d like to share our enthusiasm about H2 with you and show that the combination of hydrogen and fuel cells is pivotal to achieve zero emission mobility.

Reason number one: Hydrogen for flexible and sustainable driving

One of the biggest advantages of H2 is its flexibility. Flexibility takes the form of quick refueling, sufficient range, limited weight and the simple fact that it doesn’t require tedious planning. Driving on H2 is effortless and has a similar customer experience as driving on a fossil fuel. Fuel cell vehicles are refueled with H2 in an as-we-know-it refueling station in a matter of minutes, the fueling experience being almost identical to that of a diesel car.

For instance, a fuel cell car running on hydrogen gives you 100 km with only 45 seconds of refueling. Current public charging points often require you to charge for up to 50 minutes to get the same 100 km. Basically, fuel cells and hydrogen deliver us the flexible refueling infrastructure as we know it whilst still delivering zero emission and soundless driving. PitPoint champions battery electric vehicles, but the complementary proposition of hydrogen cannot be marginalised.

Reason number two: Hydrogen as energy transition enabler

Secondly, hydrogen forms a substantial part of the solution for our challenging energy transition due to it’s versatile nature. We all know that in many parts of the world, the cost of renewable energy sources like wind and solar already outcompetes fossil energy. Due to the abundance of renewable energy, the predominant challenge is not on efficiency, it is on how to store and distribute these vast and intermittent forms of energy. H2 is perfectly suited to this task because it can be used for more than zero emission driving alone.

It also allows us to balance our electrical grid, it serves as a clean power source for industry and a clean feedstock in the chemical industry and it can even be used for heating our homes. Due to its potential for all key applications of energy, it is hard to imagine the future large scale roll-out of green hydrogen will not take place. PitPoint believes that green H2 in mobility enables this roll-out and will benefit from the large scale that it is bound to achieve.

Reason number three: A viable clean fuel option for all transport markets

And last but certainly not least; hydrogen and fuel cells can be used in a broad range of mobility applications for which we don’t have a truly viable and scalable renewable solution just yet. Hydrogen gives an outlook to meet the demands of diverse market segments that struggle to make the transition. We clearly see an advantage for the passenger vehicle market characterized by larger cars and drivers who often travel long distances. The same goes for the heavy-duty segment where the energy requirement is high and current batteries are not feasible due to their heavy weight and space requirement. In line with this thinking, we believe hydrogen is a very feasible solution for both light and heavy-duty vehicles, trains, trucks and buses. Post 2025, PitPoint expects large maritime vessels will be sailing on H2.

The extensive applicability of H2 is in line with our mission to establish zero emission transport in a variety of markets; from fleet management, waste and recycling, to shipping and public transport. For us, it is evident that hydrogen will play a very important role to make a zero-emission driving a reality for all transport modalities.

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