There is electricity in the air as a rift in the electric drive community is dividing proponents of pure electric vehicles, EV against hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, FCV. Ultimately, it only divides the community that needs to work together.
The gist is that the current debate as to whether to use only batteries to store energy in an EV or use hydrogen as a medium in an FCV is heating up, especially since the U.S. government chose to fund one more than the other. In a financial state as ours, governments will have to chose at some point. Unfortunately, the debate is sterile, since only a handful of true experts are actually working on either technologies.
A Disservice To The Electric Drive Community. It is strange to see our society overly passionate about a single technology in the midst of one of the worse financial global crisis. More than ever, practicality and common sense need to be a priority when debating the pros and cons of any technology, unless we give the power away to groups with invested interests. What we need is to raise our scope on our favorite technology until we can all agree that the bigger picture of what is at stake is the future of the electric drive. Having said this, we should be more concerned about how the electric motor will provide propulsion for tomorrow’s cars, regardless of how it stores its energy on-board.
Pure Electricity vs Hydrogen. Is it even possible to have a debate without volatile emotional comments that center around the “he said, she said” that inevitably end up as a who can shoot the furthest contest? It does not seem like it at this stage of the game.
We are witnessing a crucial time for the electric drive where the future of the electric drive, regardless of what technology used is being chosen right now. It would a disadvantage for the EV community to divide itself when it needs more than ever to unite. And anyway, there are only a handful of experts, scientists and decision makers who ultimately work on these projects. We just need to keep the broader topic on track, that of using the electric motor to power tomorrow’s transportation.