Automotive fuel cells are currently one of the most viable technologies capable of achieving a significant long-term reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from motor vehicles and relieving us from our dependence on foreign oil.
The principle of the fuel cell was first demonstrated by Sir William Grove in 1839 however it was not applied until its use on NASA’s Gemini and Apollo spacecraft in the 1960s and 1970s.
Since that time, auto manufacturers have been developing hydrogen fuel cell technology as they recognize the significant role fuel cells will play in addressing climate change.
With commercialization slated in the 2017 timeframe, consumers will soon benefit from the range of benefits that automotive fuel cells provide -- zero emissions, improved efficiencies, extended range and quick refueling time.
Auto manufacturers will continue to develop other electric vehicle technologies such as hybrids and battery powered vehicles to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. A diverse powertrain portfolio is required to cover all applications and personal mobility needs.