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First off there is a clean way to produce hydrogen fuel cells. So fuel cells are the future and will replace natural gas.

Clean Hydrogen Production

Now, we need to save the ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles!
McLaren looks to synthetic fuels as potential savior for internal combustion engines

Yes! Well.. hopefully the plan works and the future doesn’t go towards battery electrics. Now while currently ICE doesn’t burn clean and battery electrics may be cleaner at the tailpipe batteries are questionable in the production of batteries and replacing the ones that no longer work. Now there is just about 1 billion vehicles on the road today. Trying to convert or replace them all to battery electric just will never happen. It just isnt practical from a manufacturing standpoint and right now consumers want to stick with ICE. This gives scientists and engineers a little time to come up with a way to use our existing ICE vehicles without polluting. We want to ICE to become carbon neutral, not buy a battery electric vehicle to appease a group of people. Fuel cells may be the future of transportation but that’s no reason for car enthusiasts to give up their ICE in favor for the future.

But we need to clean up the air and the ideal way is to give up fossil fuels. It wont happen overnight and the reality is we will still continue burning fossil fuels in some form by 2050. Until then if you like your ICE vehicles to stay, hold on to them and there are many other ways to limit the pollution. Some of it includes utilizing clean energy and buying a more fuel efficient vehicle as your daily driver. You dont have to buy battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are on the way here. There will be additional options in the future and hopefully by 2022 there will be a working clean fuel for ICE vehicles, at the very least far enough along where governments will relax their grip on banning ICE as there will be more research and development of clean fuels for the ICE.

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Electric vehicles simply do not work. People who use them give up certain advantages that gas cars have.

Gas cars have fast refueling times, its easy to find a place to refuel, longer range, they are cheaper, they last 3x or more longer, they dont lose 50% range in winter.

So why would anyone want to waste more money for less? It’s all a push from the government. They claim to be more environmentally friendly except they use batteries. Lots and lots of batteries. Besides being inefficient as you lose charge or electricity to recharge the battery they also degrade losing more efficiency and that’s when the range starts going down. So if you got 300 mile range when you first bought new itll start dropping to 290, 280, 275 and keep getting lower as you use the battery and it ages.

These people have disposable income so they can afford to waste money on replacing these batteries or the vehicle. Thankfully most automakers are continuing to produce gasoline vehicles but a few are trying to give up on internal combustion vehicles and trying to go all battery electric.

It’s never going to work. To top it all off batteries are toxic to the environment. Yet we use them in everyday devices, however it’s not nearly as bad as an electric vehicle which uses over 7,700 lithium ion batteries. Just for one vehicle.

Electric vehicles are a gimmick and is just as harmful to the environment as a combustion engine vehicle. If you are really that concerned for the environment, walk. No seriously, walking would eliminate pollution and be far better for the environment. Electric vehicle batteries are toxic. The mining process is dirty, the manufacturing process is dirty and to top it all off in the event of an accident the battery would burst open creating a toxic cloud of fire. No matter if you are hit from the side, rear or front that battery is located as part of the undercarriage underneath. Basically any road hazard would be a problem for these vehicles.

If you get trapped inside and the cabin fills up with toxic smoke from these batteries you’ll have trouble breathing. It’s just as bad when charging in your garage and the batteries vent into the rest of your home.

These things are not talked about which is why battery electric vehicles are not practical and never will be.

Now hydrogen used to power combustion engine vehicles would be an easy and affordable switch. Gas stations already exist and can be converted to hydrogen. The only problem is that since hydrogen is more explosive than gas is the amount of fuel required should be greatly reduced racking up a huge density and range for combustion engine vehicles.

Also it may be more difficult to use hydrogen on gas vehicles and may be better suited for diesel engines. No matter how you look at it, the engines need some upgrades so they need to he turn down and rebuilt to accommodate hydrogen. But the alternative is that we continue using gas and battery electric isnt a long term solution.

Engine rebuilds to accommodate hydrogen should be subsidized. People who know how to do engine rebuilds can do this on their own if the car isnt worth fixing the government can help pay for that as well. This is more practical than switching to something entirely different when our infrastructure already supports combustion engines and the process can be done by giving motorists a rental, unless they have a secondary vehicle they can use as it may take up to a week for the engine rebuild.

Other options is to swap engines or to buy a new car instead. However the older cars in good condition as trade ins would have the engine rebuilt anyway. There are complications however…

Electric cars seem to be gaining ground, but mostly Tesla. People are believing the hype that electric vehicles are the future when in actuality the fuel cell electric car is the future. Batteries are meant for energy storage, not for every day use like a car.

Hopefully the electric car wont take over internal combustion or fuel cell vehicles but for the here and now, combustion engines can continue to live over the next century as fuel cell vehicles improve. This could happen but the government is more interested in replacing combustion engine vehicles for battery electric and this can only end badly. Its doubtful many will switch to battery electric and hopefully they wont as the more people who stick with combustion engine vehicles the more likely we will see them upgraded to run hydrogen.

So stick with gas for now as theyll be improved to burn a cleaner fuel.

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Besides reading this article which happens to be 2 years old is still relevant today. A lot of the articles about BEV adoption is unrealistic nonsense that everyone will be switching away from gas/diesel combustion engine vehicles to battery electrics.

Without engines electric cars might be sputtering out

It may work in places like Norway where the population is only 5 million. In comparison the United States has over 300 million people. China’s EV sales only account for more than just 3% (figuring this info wasn’t easy and could be incorrect) but globally gasoline vehicles still account for over 95% of sales. The oil industry nearly collapsed and will more than likely have a nasty repercussion if gasoline vehicle sales drop in favor of battery electric. So even with looming bans of combustion engine vehicles the combustion engine vehicle sales will not only increase but continue to skyrocket as less public transportation is used for daily commutes due to the coronavirus outbreak. Not only that the oil industry will more than likely invest in combustion engine vehicles and potentially sell them cheaper than the dealer price will. Already Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge has accelerated production (before the coronavirus) so they were already prepared for a shutdown and pushed much of the inventory onto dealers. The dealerships were not happy but with extra inventory at hand they didn’t have to deal with the shutdowns of auto factories limiting the amount of vehicles being sold. But as factories are reopened the inventory levels should return to normal.

Auto sales are suffering especially for gas vehicles, but it’s to be expected when people don’t want to go outside. Some people and companies may think that electric vehicles are on the rise and the sales supposedly are not bad but they still haven’t surpassed gasoline vehicle sales. China sales overall really sunk as the outbreak was really bad there.

While over 95% of vehicle sales are going to gas (this includes hybrids) vehicles it isnt looking optimistic for electric vehicles and that wont change much, at least for the next several years. I still think the carpocalypse is still going to happen when countries try to ban combustion engine vehicles auto sales will be crushed. I mean if 1 out of every 1,000 is buying electric worldwide and that accounts to 50,000 electric out of 50,000,000 (this isnt accurate numbers) gasoline that’ll look more like 10,000 electric out of 50,000,000 gasoline sold. Eventually it’ll happen no matter what because most people wont even look at or touch a battery electric. When people go look at a car most of them dont even question the source of power. They go in and expect to buy a car that runs off of gas or diesel. This is why straight gas Honda Civics are still being sold despite having a hybrid battery option the majority still prefer straight gas.

You dont need to plug in a hybrid because the battery gets charged by the engine and brakes. Some are plug in hybrids but again most people wont consider a car they gotta plug in.

For now especially with public transportation commuters they will be buying an economical vehicle in which both Honda and Toyota offer gas and hybrids. So expect more Camry’s, Corolla’s, Civics and Accords being sold. The used market may dry up from many car buyers and will later on switch to new. It’s not easy finding a used Honda at the moment, though if you look hard enough you can find one. They’re just so good that new car buyers are still holding onto them. Either way except a ton of sedans being sold over the next couple of years.

So where does this leave the future of the car? No matter what people say or what governments will try and do electric cars wont sell a ton. They can fine the auto industry for not having electric vehicle sales but it doesn’t really matter. Battery electric vehicles are not practical. They can add recharge stations and put some chargers into residential areas but the truth is, they wont ever gain traction over the combustion engine vehicle. People wont buy a car you have to plug in. People wont buy one because they wont remember to plug it in. We’re used to going to a gas station to refuel and it refuels in minutes. When you forget to plug in an EV, it can take hours.

Electric vehicles are not the solution but an alternative energy source that’s 100% clean that’ll work in existing gasoline vehicles. That is far more practical and more than likely already underway by the oil industry. Eventually you can fuel a vehicle from home, it doesn’t have to be battery electric either. We all want clean air but it’s pointless to argue how or what to use to get there. It doesn’t even matter which is better because we worked with combustion engine vehicles for over 100 years and not one person has said, “well gee whiz, this car is so energy inefficient I wish I had a car that was far more efficient” because gasoline vehicles are energy efficient enough. You wont notice the difference other than that gas tank is smaller and lighter than any electric car battery. In fact I think electric car batteries are less efficient due to the weight/size of them. A Tesla weighs 5,000lbs while a Honda Civic only weighs under 3,000lbs. An extra 2,000lbs just for the battery. While some pony/muscle cars can weigh up to 4,500lbs its mostly due to the extra power/engine size. Other electric vehicles weigh roughly the same.

While electricity costs are low its because the demand generally is not there but in places where EVs are being driven, electric costs are going up. If EVs were replaced by gasoline vehicles today the electric cost would double and even triple. This is not just for EVs but you’ll be spending up to 3x to run any electric device at home. California already has electric costs at $0.31kW/h or higher. Illinois currently has $0.12kW/h. I shouldn’t have to pay more just so the people down the street can charge their vehicles. And I’m glad the neighbors dont have an electric car. I’ll be even more glad they wont consider¬† buying one. Because battery electric isnt the only clean renewable out there.

Hydrogen is the best bet, but i hope there is a better alternative to gas for the cars already on the road today. Because eventually we’ll have to abandon gas. It just should not be a car that you have to plug in to recharge it every night. Battery electric vehicles may be able to tow a lot but not for very long. Gas and diesel still has better towing range. Dont expect that Cybertruck from Tesla to get 100 miles towing a boat.

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It seems that the EV enthusiasts and environmentalists can’t stop with the electric car promotional while airplanes are flying without cargo or people in them which is just a waste. But these people are still entirely convinced its the cars that are polluting. Really just ignoring most of the grounded flights (yes some are actually not flown) and the reduced production going on. People are still driving however so it would seem that cars are not the primary source of pollution. Yes of course if you get them all together into one big traffic jam it’s just mostly they are not flowing to their destination fast enough.

So while there are claims that pollution is down, there’s still many trucks on the road. Completely ignoring that less planes and production are taking place.

This doesnt justify the push for electric cars and the banning of combustion engine vehicles. In fact it should only be as a last resort when everything else is cleaned up like air travel and production.

But the worst thing about an electric vehicle are the batteries. For starters they need Cobalt.
Ev batteries create critical cobalt situation

Even the Teslas require at least 10 lbs of Cobalt and the children in Congo are having to mine this stuff for an electric car battery. If that’s not enough the average lifespan of lithium ion batteries are 2-4 years. While Tesla claims they last longer (7 year old battery warranty) that doesnt actually mean they will last that long or they’ll last over a decade or two when you’ll have to shell out $17k for a new battery.

GM is attempting to build a $22k electric vehicle but there isn’t details on how long the batteries will last or the replacement costs for them is.

Average gasoline batteries last 3-5 years and most of them will die after 5 years and they are mostly used to start the car. Tesla claims their batteries will last 300-500k miles but there isnt actual real data pertaining to this and real world results are different.

Batteries replaced twice in 400k miles

Much of it was due to charging it at the supercharger so faster charging in this situation damages the batteries. Of course this shows that electric vehicles are not good for traveling even though these people do it and say it can work. Not without destroying the batteries. They didnt even last 3 years. Yes supercharging it to 100% instead of 80% may have caused the degradation but so did the constant usage. It would stand to reason that within the next few years we’ll hear of more electric vehicle batteries giving up, especially in California and Norway. Both heat and cold are bad for batteries, so we’ll most likely see a downfall of these batteries soon. Batteries do not last and unless you keep a set of Eneloops in the drawer and use them in lights and all that you wont see too many 10 year old batteries still usable. Best case scenario is you’ll get 10 years or 250k miles out of an electric car battery until it starts to give you problems. That could be up to par with gasoline vehicles as you’ll encounter similar issues but for the most part a gas vehicle just need a new belt, a battery and a new water pump. The fact is you can either pay maintenance throughout its use or pay for it down the road which is generally costly to replace an electric car battery. $10k or more. $5k or more for hybrids. I would stick with gasoline vehicles until a realistic alternative comes around. If you cant trust a gasoline powered vehicle battery to last why would going electric be any better? Buying an EV used would also be foolish. Especially since you dont even know whether the batteries are really any good.

Maybe another decade we’ll really see the numbers but in a few years we’ll see how those batteries are holding up after 6-8 years. The technology is still new and hasn’t been around for very long so real world results is needed and it seems that some are replacing their electric car batteries every other year already. Will also be interesting how long some companies that wildly splurged on EV company vehicles will last as well. My guess is they’ll be seeing battery replacements every year negating any savings whatsoever.

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After my latest post unfortunately things will get worse for the children in Congo as they’ll have to mine more cobalt so more people can drive a battery electric vehicle. Presidential candidates such as Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren want to ban gasoline/diesel vehicles by 2030. This doesnt sound promising and Mike Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg and Andrew Yang want to do the same but at a later time. This is unacceptable. It would take over 10 years to get hydrogen on the way and even longer to convert gas stations to hydrogen but the presidential candidates want to force battery electric vehicles onto everyone because they’re “zero emission”.

So there will be chaos within the next 10-15 years if any of these people end up as president. All I can say is if these bans are put into place the children who have to mine cobalt for lithium ion batteries for the electric vehicles, the automotive industry and even the economy may collapse. All because of the fear mongering that we’re responsible for climate change. As a ban is placed there will be a lot of hate towards people who drive electric cars, especially in America. What started off by blocking Tesla charging stations will end up as road rage takes a new form.

Itll be chaos, unfortunately. Some people have already made threats to do pit maneuvers with their diesel trucks onto Teslas and other EVs. So while these are threats, it really will be a catastrophe on the road over the next few decades.

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Unless you haven’t been paying attention, climate change hysteria fueled by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Greta Thunberg along with politicians across the world has been freaking some people out over climate change fears, like if we don’t stop burning fossil fuels we’ll be on fire, or under an ocean… or California will end up in an ice age. One of the biggest things right now is that internal combustion engine vehicles that run on gas and coal is under fire right now for existing.

The problem is, there is no climate crisis caused by vehicle emissions. Climate change has been happening since the dawn of time and continues to change. Droughts, forest fires and temperature changes isn’t something new, nor caused by vehicle emissions. Its nature.

Nature also corrects human mistakes, such as the fires in Australia which was man made and since a lot of animals were killed in the fire and some of the forest has been lost a huge rain bomb occurred. The planet corrected itself by making it rain. Arsonists was to blame for the fires, it didn’t help that the forest was dry enough for the fires to get out of control. The planet is fine, it’s the people we need to worry about because right now people have schemed up this idea that we are causing all the bad weather in the world and we need to switch to cleaner energy and abandon our use of fossil fuels. The problem is, everything uses fossil fuels. So switching to electric vehicles is like a drop in the ocean compared to the mass amount of production around the world. It doesnt do anything when coal is worse but coal plants do burn cleaner than they did when they first were around.

The biggest push is electric vehicles right now. Major manufacturers are starting to build them however a lack of materials for the batteries isnt making mass production possible. The long recharge times and lack of range especially in the cold are 2 major problems of EVs and even then the longevity of the batteries and electric motors is another story as they’re expensive to replace. It’s not cheap to replace a gas engine or transmission either but sometimes its cheaper to repair them. Repairing a blown head gasket vs an engine rebuild is a no brainer. Just got to have around $1,000 to make that happen vs a $4,000 engine rebuild. But electric car motors run about $3,000 per wheel and EV batteries are higher than $5,000. It makes no sense to invest in electric cars. Especially since the batteries are holding these cars from getting more mainstream. People talk about them but most don’t want one. Hydrogen is another energy but so far its supposedly inefficient, but would be far better than gas and with some modifications hydrogen could be used in current gasoline vehicles, making it a much more practical use of our technology. EVs are a stop gap and its most likely they won’t be around for much longer when the amount of EVs being sold is dwarfed by gasoline vehicles. While some countries are getting mostly EVs those are smaller countries.. even California has a small amount of EV market share. They want to ban gasoline vehicles but its unlikely in the event many people will be upset and the ban may never take hold. Not to mention bigger cars can’t handle range as good and towing reduces the charge level to about 30 minutes. Doubtful we’ll see many electric trucks in the future even though they’re trying to make them, they just won’t be practical for towing.

So bottom line is gas is here to stay for awhile at least until 2040 when they try to ban gasoline vehicles and may succeed if EVs get their way and have better range and short recharge times. Then theres the longevity factor. I would recommend sticking with gas or at the very least a hybrid. At least you can save some money on gas and not have to worry about polluting as much. Even Dodge is trying an electric torque assist to reduce gas consumption. Don’t buy into this EV insanity because it most likely won’t happen for quite a while at least.

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Optimists have been wrong about EV adoption as predictions have been set too high. EV sales only account for around 1% in the U.S. and majority of it is Tesla model 3 in California. After seeing the 5 hour Tesla pileup at a supercharger station I’m sure a few of the owners have gotten rid of them. Of course some of them are loyal to a fault and this isn’t really good especially when EVs have a set of problems.

In Chicago there are a couple charging outlets for apartment dwellers but having 2 outlets is not good for those who want to wake up to a full charge and since some of them have time limits its going to be difficult for those who may be on vacation and want to come back to a full charge. It may be difficult for those who are thinking of buying one and worry about having access to them. Then there is the cost to install a charger for these EVs. It affects rent and will bring the rent fee up. That depends whether it effects all the residents or those who only choose to buy one, however I would be looking for an apartment that doesn’t have this extra cost as others will because who wants to pay more for rent for stuff they wont ever use.

So despite there could be a charger for an EV at one apartment, if you decide to move you may not get the ability to charge and will end up going back to gas.

And if it was as easy to have an outlet more apartments would include them for engine block heaters or battery chargers for gasoline vehicles. In my experience though, the 10 or so apartments I’ve lived at didn’t have outlets for cars. Neither I saw the 20 or 30 either. Living in the Midwest having an engine block heater would be nice and again, car companies would have made these engine block heaters standard so the vehicles are already ready to go with the cabin heater pumping out heat within a minute. But this never happened. Its only if you have access to a plug is where you are able to ask for an engine block heater and again most vehicles I seen dont have them. Its always been an option most likely an aftermarket piece that was probably more for diesel engines than gasoline. If you see a plug like an extension cord sticking out the front grill, that’s generally for an engine block heater that’s just sitting there.

So with this in mind, no.. power outlets won’t be in every parking space, nor will they exist in many apartment/condos or for street parking. Even if one apartment does add more charging spots, its only if the demand is there. It’s unlikely that will happen seeing as many will continue buying gas vehicles.

The argument is, gasoline vehicles ran into the same problems. Not enough gas stations. People didnt change over from horse and carriage overnight. Even then you just drove where there was a gas station. It was also easy to build gas stations as well due to the vast amount of places to put them. And if you needed to go somewhere where there wasn’t a gas station you took a horse. And who knows, the range on the early cars could have been all you needed. Driving more than 20 miles in may have seemed silly back then. Now people go over 500 miles on a trip. But the transition from gas to electric may take far longer or it may not happen at all. Its dependent on every parking space at home to have a charging outlet and that’s unlikely, especially when someone can come along and unplug it while you are trying to wake up to a full charge, people will do something like this and cause mayhem for many motorists. Charging an EV can take over 30 minutes and wouldn’t work when the convenience of having a 5 minute refuel time on a gas vehicle. So even if there was charging outlets at home it would still make sense to have faster recharge times which would reduce the lifespan of the batteries. Cold climates is another problem as you lose 40% of your charge due to heating the cabin and keeping the battery warm. This also doesnt work for apartment renters. Those 2 outlets will be a fight if 3 or more people want to keep their batteries charging overnight forcing the landlord to consider adding more charging stations driving up renting even higher depending on whether they make all residents pay or just the EV owners. In turn I recommend people who are looking for apartments to avoid the apartments that have charging stations as they might be paying more rent for something they’ll never use.

2019 had very lacking EV sales. There are claims that pre orders for the new Tesla truck and other EVs in the works are selling out. Seems like a selling point to me as car companies can boast about preorder sales when the product hasn’t even been completed as the sale has not been completed. That 50k or so pre orders can end up as 5k. Or it can be 100k. Pre orders is not actual sales.

Also looking at actual used EV inventories most used EVs are either EVs from 2012 or the used Teslas that is still $50k too high. Seeing how its mostly Teslas out on the road, eventually those high resale values is going to drop like a bowling ball. So while city mandates could force apartment owners to install charging outlets the demand may remain small as you can move to another city that doesnt have charging outlets available. In effect people will not gamble they will have the ability to charge everywhere. No matter what some EV enthusiasts say, there isnt charging outlets in every apartment. If you park your vehicle at home and dont see an outlet you’re not going to consider getting an EV. Even if they were to be standard it’s unlikely you’ll still consider one if you are not in the market buying one.

The government, EV enthusiasts and environmentalists all would like to force people to buy one and not let the free market decide and if it was total free market, electric vehicles wouldn’t stand a chance which is why the extreme push for them. That wont work either, not unless EVs exceed everything a gasoline vehicle can and its unlikely that will happen until the 2040s and even then there at least will be another 20 years before they would dominate roads. Unless of course we allow politicians to get in the way of allowing people to drive gas cars freely and tax free. Bottom line is the future is bleak if people get their way and force everyone onto EVs.

For me, Honda and Toyota gas vehicles are proven. They’re not broken and last forever on the orginal drivetrain (usually, anyways) so I dont see any need to replace them with batteries.

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So another Democrat, Ocasio-Cortez with one of their ridiculous ideas is a green deal that forces Americans to give up gas, flying and cows. Yes, cows. Because of their farting. Oh these libtards way of thinking never ceases to amaze me. And no matter what they tell you Democrats all want the same thing, they wanted to ban gas cars for quite awhile. Look at what California is doing, pushing people to drive EVs. And this is funded by none other than taxpayers.

But Ocasio is looking to kill off the fossil fuel industry, vehicle part manufacturing and mechanics jobs all for zero emissions in 10 years. That’s a lot of jobs. Sure there will still be part manufacturing and mechanics jobs and part stores but think Circuit City, Target and Sears. All the retail stores are downsizing, reducing hours and like GM, many workers are left stranded without jobs or enough money. This will cause a chain reaction which will cause the worst depression America has faced. Sure Ocasio is willing to give money to those unwilling or can’t work due the changeover but where would that money come from?

Oh yeah, taxpayers! As if Americans are not already at their limits (government shutdown is apparent of this) they can’t afford to pay more because they already live paycheck to paycheck. But leave it to the Democrats to try something like this anyways. As for the green deal, these people need to dial it way down. They got this environmental problem blown way out of proportion and it’s got people panicking the sky is falling. Relax folks. The planet is ok. It’s the people who are the threat here and the threat is legalized theft of your money.

That’s not to say our pollution isn’t causing some problems. But it’ll take a very long time before we finally get off fossil fuels. You got people already pushing electric vehicles but wait what about Hydrogen Fuel Cells?

Why hydrogen isn’t gaining momentum?

Well that was a bit of information but some is blown out of proportion, like I’m not even sure if half of what they say is even true. Maybe I need to research this. Much of what hydrogen (or HFC) offers is a major improvement over gas and it offers some things like fast refueling and no battery to use the vehicle.¬† This can be used in existing gas vehicles with some modifications but it is possible. And there are some problems like the volatile nature of hydrogen and how to produce it. These were the only two things I could see a problem with a long with now there’s people who are against it in the name of “being able to charge at home”. This doesn’t account to the fact that EVs are worse than gas in the cold. Whether hydrogen is a debilitating problem or not in reality so is battery operated vehicles. I need some truth in the matter and so far electric is taking up more market share. But it’s not a viable replacement to gas. Hydrogen would be if all the problems could be addressed.

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