250 new fuel cell cars hit the road in Germany in 2016 and because of technical development and standardisation, drivetrain production cost has come down 75 percent. And because of the international 700 bar standard, components for H2 fuelling stations dropped around 50 percent.
The German transportation ministry is planning to fund fuel cell production for vehicles in Germany and is looking to work with the automotive sector to set up serial production lines. Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said that as the car nation, Germany will have to be at the forefront of this "promising" technology.
The attitude to fuel cell vehicles is increasingly polarised with potential parts suppliers Samsung, Delphi and Johnson Matthey exiting the technology or severely downgrading their activity and a tendency of governments and car manufacturers to fund only token numbers of hydrogen refuelling stations so far. A clear unique selling proposition to private purchasers is proving difficult to establish as is affordable hydrogen not based on fossil fuels. However using static renewable energy sources to make hydrogen at times when the grid does not need them looks promising. See the IDTechEx report, Fuel Cell Vehicles 2016-2026.
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