Germans are in favour of fuel cell cars
21 March 2013
Germans are ready for cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells, but
are concerned about cost and the potential to refuel.
A survey by the Independent Institute for Environmental Issues
(UfU) questioned more than 2,500 German citizens about their views
on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in relation to the cars they
Fuel cells work by using a platinum catalyst to generate power
without generating toxic emissions.
Almost three-quarters of those polled had heard of cars powered
by hydrogen fuel cells, but just 3% had driven one.
Most of those polled were in favour of hydrogen cars (63%), with
only 3% against the technology, and 85% said they think it would
make them feel good to drive without compromising the
Almost nine out of ten Germans also considered hydrogen cars to
be at least as safe as any other vehicle.
"The hydrogen car has the same benefits as the conventional car
and promises zero-emission mobility as an added value. This means
driving a car with a quiet conscience," said scientific project
manager Dr René Zimmer.
However, Dr Zimmer warned that there is still a lot of work to
be done before hydrogen cars are seen as affordable.
"As long as the network of refuelling stations isn't built, and
the probable costs of hydrogen cars are significantly higher than
those of conventional vehicles, the willingness to buy remains
limited," he explained.
Many were sceptical as to whether current hydrogen cars are
suitable for everyday use, with the largest proportion of
respondents assuming this important step would not happen for
another three to nine years.
However, while 20% felt this would never happen, a more positive
26% think hydrogen cars will be more readily available and
attractive to consumers in just one to two years.
Representative survey on hydrogen mobility in Germany
Germans prepared for the hydrogen car (19/03/13)
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