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Is The Future Of Transportation Electric Or Hydrogen?

Electric vs Hydrogen Cars - Which Will YOU Be Driving?

27 Apr 2015

More than 118,000 electrified vehicles were bought or leased in 2014 – an increase of 27% over  2013. Since late 2010, Americans have purchased more than 300,000 plug-in cars, with the most popular models being Nissan’s LEAF, Tesla’s Model S, and Chevy’s Volt.

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But, a new competitor has entered the game and is looking to challenge the growth of electric vehicles.

Toyota does not like battery-electric cars, and the world’s largest car maker is instead designing hydrogen fuel-cell cars. The 2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car is leading the pack in a new generation of personal automotive transportation.

Electric v Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Cars: The Next Battle Of The Standards

So, like the Battle of the Standards that was seen during the 1980s in which the preference of VHS or Beta was decided, we ask ourselves what will the preferred mode of transportation be in the future – Electric or Hydrogen Fuel-Cell?

Independence And Opportunity

The price and delivery of hydrogen is up to fuel companies. Simply put, they dictate how much it will cost.

The purpose of having an electric car is the option of independence or having the opportunity.

Most of us cannot build a hydrogen plant on our properties (at least that we are aware of), so we will opt for an electric vehicle which allows us to create our own fuel using solar power.

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In contrast to hydrogen fuel, solar energy is readily available to all, and enjoyed by many on a daily basis (sun tan anyone?).

Time will tell, but we’re placing our bets on the continued growth of electric vehicles powered by solar.