The statements on the subject of hydrogen were also in the home of Volkswagen, it is not always clear. While group CEO Herbert Diess to galvanise his followers more than ever, to focus finally on the electric drive and to show, in addition to places like the gas-powered drives or the fuel cell finally, the cold shoulder, spoke of the outgoing Audi CEO Bram Schot last year that they wanted to re-enter the fuel cell. Wait and see how the new Audi CEO and made technology expert Markus Duesmann sees the inaugural this week in Ingolstadt as the successor of Bram Schot.

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Volkswagen brand boss Ralf Brandstetter gave the topic hydrogen again recently, a clear rejection: “The fuel cell is for us in the area of passenger cars is not an Option.” In the case of Volkswagen and the group-daughters of the hydrogen played has never been a significant role. After all, you worked for several years with pre-production models of the Audi A7 / VW Passat (US-Version), you can bring according to his own statements within two years on the road would have. Protect the environment, but SUV drive: Three drive concepts in practice-comparison FOCUS Online environment, but SUV drive: Three drive concepts in practice-comparison

However, as with many other manufacturers also doubted, in particular, the salesmen at the future of hydrogen power, because for many years the biggest problems of the fuel cell, the car manufacturers themselves, but in the more than full of holes infrastructure.

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A network of petrol stations in a country or even a continent, in view of the large costs incurred by the special high-pressure tanks and Filling equipment, in the next few years far-fetched. In particular, because the fuel cell must now fight not only against the powerful Oil industry, but a much more dangerous opponent: the battery technology. Mercedes Mercedes GLC Fuel-Cell

In the first place is fired for the topic fuel cell of Asian brands, and here especially of Toyota, Honda and Hyundai, after all, some of the largest car manufacturers. Now BMW seems to be somewhat more intense into business with the controversial fuel cell to enter. Here, the Auto-Newsletter

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Since 2013, the Bavaria work together on a low flame with cooperation partners Toyota, and a small fleet of BMW have set up 5 series GT with the hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai, in order to gain experience. Now Bayern to terminate in 2022, a new fleet, which consists of converted BMW X5, with a fuel cell on-the-go.

BMW: series vehicle is not so fast

A series of vehicle, however, is not planned until the middle of the decade, only once. “From our point of view, hydrogen has to be produced as an energy carrier-first in sufficient quantities, with green power and competitive prices,” said BMW development chief Klaus Fröhlich, “hydrogen will then be especially used in applications, the electric are directly electrified, i.e., in the heavy traffic on the long haul.” BMW BMW i, Hydrogen, Next-2020

“in The drive system of the BMW i Hydrogen Next, the fuel cell system generates up to 125 kW / 170 HP electric energy produced from the chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen from the air,” says Jürgen Guldner, head of BMW fuel-cell-technology. The electrical Converter is located below the fuel cell, adjusts the voltage level of the electric drive, as well as the performance buffer battery. In the converted BMW X5’s two of 700-bar Tanks, which can hold a total of six kilograms of hydrogen are. Guldner: “This guarantees long ranges in all weather conditions. The filling process takes only three to four minutes“. The system performance of the BMW i is Hydrogen, Next is 275 kW / 374 HP. Long load times ade: hydrogen sedan in the practice test CHIP Long load times ade: hydrogen sedan in the practical test

Technically, a fuel cell car is an electric vehicle that stores its energy in Lithium-ion packs or conglomerates of the polymer cells, but the energy is in the hydrogen fueling consuming, and in the car is converted into electrical energy, the electric motors draw their power.

There is no market for the fuel cell

call After many tried, unsuccessfully, to the fuel cell, there is a national and international not a significant market. After all, offered by Toyota, Hyundai, Mercedes and Honda in Europe at present four vehicles that you want, however, can only be described with a lot of well as a series of models. The piece of homeopath are numbers, the demand is lower than low. Anyway, there are generally only leasing offers. After all, the vehicles offer apart from solid driving performance and practical ranges of the advantage that you can within few minutes to refuel, and fit for the next 400 to 500 kilometres.

Largely problems during Packaging are eliminated, because the Tanks are hidden in spite of 700 bar load capacity is widely invisible in the models. The complex drive module can then be used to, but not overlap, because the Tanks and the small power plant that converts the liquid hydrogen to electrical energy, takes up so much space that Crossovern such as the Hyundai Nexo or the Mercedes GLC, for example, remains the standard all-wheel drive, denied. The market demand is manageable, the interest of the Public as well and in the next few years, the majority of potential customers tend to ask how far the next vehicle needs to be electrified. Toyota Toyota fuel cell

The history of the Fuel is already some decades old. Car manufacturers from Japan, the USA and Germany around made again and again on the drive technology. In a few years, the technology should be Mature, and then there would be a breakthrough – so you heard it again and again. The came never. While manufacturers such as Toyota, General Motors or Honda have relied on technical solutions and small series, went to the Daimler with a world tour the other way. Secret stockpile discovered: Here VW parks its unsold electric cars, FOCUS Online/Wochit Secret stockpile discovered: Here VW parks its non-electric cars

New hydrogen-Trend of China bought?

The Chinese car manufacturer Great Wall Motor intends to develop fuel-cell vehicles as part of its alternative energy Roadmap. Up to the year 2025 to be sold, according to IHS, just 150,000 in fuel-cell vehicles on the world market. Toyota will provide its fuel cell technology in the future, to the BAIC Group. Foton Motor, the commercial vehicle arm of BAIC, is intended to be the first Chinese OEM that will benefit from Toyota’s FCV technologies. Much better than in the case of cars, many see not only in the US anyway, the chances of making a hydrogen-powered truck. You would benefit from short refueling times and large ranges, and could bring the expensive technology in addition to large 700-bar Tanks on the roof or behind the leader of the house. Diesel or Plug-In Hybrid – which is better? The great duel FOCUS Online/Wochit Diesel or Plug-In Hybrid – which is better? The great duel All-around development of the Corona-crisis

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