A number of recent articles highlight exciting new developments for hydrogen fuel in the
Dutch students at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have designed a new
hydrogen fuel cell race car, and according to team manager Rick Everaert, they hope to race
this latest model in the Dutch Supercar Challenge during the Gamma Racing Day event at TT
Circuit Assen this summer.
With four months until the race, the team of 70 will finish building the car by April 1, giving
themselves one and a half months for testing and one and a half months to prepare for the race
The students have been designing hydrogen fuel cell cars since 2007, and with this latest
design, they hope to win in their racing division, becoming the first fully hydrogen fuel cell car to
beat conventional gasoline powered cars.
On March 1, Pininfariana debuted its H2 Speed Concept Car at the Geneva International Motor
Show. The car marries an electric-and-hydrogen fuel cell with a patented torque-vectoring
gearbox. The sleek vehicle can accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 3.4 seconds with a top
speed 184 miles per hour. In addition to touting its clean carbon output, Pininfariana is also
noting that a full refuel with hydrogen can be completed in three minutes as opposed to the
hours it takes to charge an all electric car. The H2 Speed Concept Car will be on display until
Several domestic and foreign car makers, such as GM and Toyota, plan to unveil hydrogen fuel
cell vehicles (FCV) for public consumers. At the 2016 Indian Auto Expo, Toyota revealed the
Mirai, which has been available in Japan since December of 2015, and is expected to make its
way to new markets in the near future. While the vehicle has yet to launch in the United States,
there is already a waiting list of those that want to purchase or lease it.
Another vehicle drawing attention of consumers in India is Tata Motors’ Magic Iris, a micro van.
The government, eager to address the country’s pollution, are encouraging zero and low
emission vehicles with incentive programs. The proliferation of FCVs will have a global effect on
While the price difference between FCVs and hybrids is substantial now, Tony Whitehorn,
Hyundai’s UK chief executive predicts that prices will drop within the next fifteen years as the
industry invests in more fueling stations. As more fueling stations appear, so will more buyers,
and competition will drive prices down. He predicts that hydrogen fuel cell cars, appealing to our
growing environmental concerns and need for fuel efficiency, will be priced as low as hybrids
like the Prius.