Country’s First Hydrogen Cars Come to Market, Emitting Only Water and Purifying the Air as They Drive

Hyundai has been leading the way with Hydrogen cars, bringing their first model to the market recently. The Hyundai Nexo SUV and Toyota’s Mirai sedan are powered by hydrogen fuel cells and emit only water, purifying the air as they drive. This is a result of Hyundai’s efforts to reduce emissions from electric vehicles and promote clean energy production. 

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Hyundai Comes Out With Australia’s First Hydrogen Powered Cars

A team of Australians have come together under EV Technologies to help bring these Hydrogen cars to Australia within minutes. Hyundai is also working with Toyota on their Mirai sedan that runs off hydrogen fuel cells as well, in order to reduce emissions even further. With both companies leading the charge for cleaner energy production it is likely that this technology will become more commonplace in the near future, revolutionizing how we power our vehicles across Australia and beyond. (1)

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What Is Hydrogen Fuel?

Hydrogen fuel is a clean-burning alternative to traditional energy sources such as petrol and diesel, being used in hydrogen vehicles to generate electricity and power a propulsion system. Hydrogen fuel cells are more efficient than electric vehicles with a heavy battery, allowing them to travel further distances faster than the traditional electric vehicle. Fuel cells utilize hydrogen gas converted into electricity while emitting only water vapor and purified air as they drive. This technology can also be used on larger scale transportation systems such as buses, boats, trains and planes which could potentially replace current standard energies used in these areas. (2)

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Hydrogen fuel cells are the most efficient way to store and use hydrogen as an energy source, as they convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity through an electrochemical reaction, producing only water vapor as a byproduct. This means that no harmful emissions are released into the environment which is a major advantage over traditional fossil fuels. Fuel cells also have the ability to capture waste heat from the reaction and use it for additional power output. This means that even more electricity can be produced from the same amount of fuel, making them highly efficient sources of energy. (3)

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But How Do You Refill Your Car?

Hydrogen fueling stations are being built to support hydrogen vehicles and several auto manufacturers have already released cars powered by the gas. Hyundai, for example, has released a hydrogen-powered car in select markets in small numbers. Many other car companies are now looking into producing their own fuel cell vehicles as an alternative to traditional fuel-burning cars. The introduction of these hydrogen vehicles comes with the promise of reducing carbon emissions from the tailpipe, while simultaneously purifying the air as they drive.

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This is because when hydrogen combines with oxygen during combustion, it produces pure water vapor instead of harmful pollutants and gasses that come out of regular gasoline engines. This could potentially revolutionize how we think about cars and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels significantly in the near future.

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Hyundai and Toyota In On Hydrogen Cars

Hyundai and Toyota have both announced their new vehicles, the Hyundai Nexo and the Toyota Mirai. These progressive vehicles are powered by hydrogen fuel cells, making them green vehicles with zero emissions. This marks a promising sign that more car manufacturers are likely to follow suit and produce their own hydrogen fuel cell powered models in the near future. They may be more expensive than traditional cars but they offer many benefits that make them worth investing in for those looking for a new vehicle. (4, 5)

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Country’s first hydrogen cars have come to market, powered by fuel cells that convert hydrogen fuel into electricity. This has the huge advantage of producing only water as a by-product, with no carbon emissions or pollutants released. The production of hydrogen itself does still create some emissions but this is lower than other fuels and it can be sourced from renewable sources too. 

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Sources

  1. Hydrogen cars: are they the future?RAC. September 16, 2020.
  2. Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles.” EPA
  3. Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles.” AFDC
  4. Toyota claims the 2021 Mirai fuel-cell car cleans the air, calls it “minus the emissions.” Green Car Reports. Bengt Halvorson. February 15, 2021.
  5. Why Hydrogen?Hyundai
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