That’s a great question. There have been technical advancements in both, and pros and cons of having either car seem to balance each other out.
The two hydrogen fuel cell cars that Honda is currently leasing have already been turning many heads and attracting a lot of attention. Honda has received a large number of inquiries from potential purchasers of the cars, and is anticipating being able to sell a significant number of their vehicles as soon as they release the designs for production, but the company recognizes that even in a best case scenario, an age where fuel cell powered vehicles are common in America is still at least 10 years in the future. Still, many of the higher ups in the company feel that hydrogen fuel cell powered cars are the future of America, and the company has invested close to one billion dollars so far in research and development, and plan to invest a considerable amount more within the next couple years.Currently, designers of the vehicles are desperately looking for ways to bring the price down drastically. The production cost for a fuel cell car is approximately one million dollars, and this number will not drop very drastically just by mass-producing the cars. Obviously, a car that costs three quarters of a million dollars will not be purchased by the general public, so manufacturers are seeking a solution, and are optimistically predicting that they will be able to bring the price down to a reasonable figure before the cars go on sale to the general public.
In recent years, electric cars have been coming back on the scene in force. There are many hybrid models that have been available for a few years, and this year the first fully electric cars were released to consumers. Modern fully electric vehicles have a lot going for them. They are considered Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV), since when they are running they give off no emissions. However, they are powered from the modern power grid, which gives off emissions. Modern electric vehicles have a range of about 250 miles. Electric vehicles that are already on the road have been getting many positive reviews; they effectively cut down on expense to the owner and are simple to maintain, but are still a hassle due to their long recharge times. However, many people feel confident that within the next 10 years, technology will advance allowing drastically quickened recharging, but for now many are happy to sacrifice some convenience for saved gas money and the knowledge that they are driving a Zero Emission Vehicle.
Electric car market. There are many electric cars in production, slated for sale or set to be released in 2011 and 2012. Toyota, Ford, the Mini, the Smart Car, BMW and others have not only concept cars but actual cars that are getting ready to go to the market in the next 2 years.
As for the hydrogen fuel cell, concept cars have been created and Japan is taking large steps already, installing hydrogen fueling stations around the country. Still, Japan is way ahead of the curve and hydrogen is still fairly new. Toyota announced that it would have an affordable fuel cell car by 2015, but there hasn’t been much noise from other manufacturers.
BMW already has a 7 series hydrogen cell car avaliable on the market. It is expensive, but it already exists for the rich environmentalist out there.
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