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We know: The Facts on Fuel Cells and EVs

What is a fuel cell?

Fuel cells are a technology used to create electricity by combining hydrogen gas with oxygen from the air. Like a battery, these cells convert chemical energy directly into electricity. But a fuel cell does not need to recharged because, as long as it is supplied with hydrogen, it will continue to produce electricity.

What are the sources of hydrogen?

Hydrogen can be produced from gasoline, ethanol, natural gas and methanol. It can also be produced from water by electrolysis.

Can hydrogen be produced by any renewable resources?

Not yet, but it may be possible to produce hydrogen from wind and solar power in the future.

What are fuel cells used for?

Fuel cells are currently being used to power motors in electric powered vehicles, also called EVs.

What are the advantages of electric powered vehicles?

  1. EVs produce no emissions, one of the big sources of smog.
  2. EVs increase fuel efficiency.
  3. EVs lower motor maintenance costs.
  4. EVs are quieter than cars with conventional engines.

Who manufactures electric vehicles?

Manufacturers include:

  • Mercedes Benz
  • Toyota
  • Ford
  • Volkswagen
  • GM
  • Nissan
  • Honda
  • Hyundai

What are current disadvantages to fuel cells and electric vehicles?

Challenges include:

  • Finding safe ways to store hydrogen.
  • Reducing the cost of electric vehicles.
  • Creating durable vehicles.
  • Developing an infrastructure for fuel cell power, particularly filling stations that offer hydrogen.

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