Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Steve asks: Is hydrogen fuel cell technology a potentially viable alternative to all this battery nonsense? Even solar and wind? It is reportedly being qualified in trucks, where batteries are a non-starter.
My reply: I think the better question is – why the push for alternatives when what we have works better and costs less? I know… because the “climate” is in “crisis.” Well, if so, then the last thing we need are high-performance electric cars that use 2-3 times as much energy as is necessary to get from A to B. In the course of which, they “emit” many times the amount of C02 as necessary, whether at the smokestack or during raw materials extraction and manufacturing. And the infrastructure which would be necessary to support all of this.
And yet, Teslas are adulated – and all the EVs on the horizon are of a piece.
Hydrogen (fuel cell) tech is less egregious, environmentally – but even more costly. Nothing available can compete with the cost of gasoline, or its energy density or its versatility and practicality.
This manic pursuit of “alternatives” would make sense if were on the verge of running out of gas – or if gas-powered cars were an environmental problem. Neither being the case, the whole thing is a kind of psychosis in need of therapy.
That is the proper “alternative”!
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