Is This Electric-Car Rival Making a Comeback?

In the following video, Fool consumer-goods/industrials analyst Blake Bos discusses how the current natural gas boom has spurred interest in hydrogen-fueled cars. 

The expansion of natural gas infrastructure resulting from increased gas production would make it easier in the future to support hydrogen-powered vehicles, Blake says.

There are environmental concerns regarding the production of hydrogen from natural gas.  However, Blake shares research that points out a potential long-term issue with the current battery technology that Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA  ) and other manufacturers use. Blake also identifies international companies that are embracing hydrogen technology, including Honda (NYSE: HMC  ) and Toyota (NYSE: TM  ) .

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  • Report this Comment On May 31, 2013, at 1:53 AM, Connelky wrote:

    Why would someone make hydrogen with natural gas when you can just get a car that burns natural gas? There are huge losses when converting water to hydrogen then back to water, not to mention fuel cells are expensive and don't last very long.

    People stopped talking about hydrogen 5 years ago for a reason.

  • Report this Comment On May 31, 2013, at 3:47 AM, AdvanderMeer wrote:

    +1 to Connelky

    Daimler/Chrysler? Fiat owned?

    Daimler ditched Chrysler some time ago now and Fiat does not have the funds to buy Daimler, so wake up young man!

  • Report this Comment On May 31, 2013, at 4:10 AM, Marshgre wrote:

    Hydrogen from fossil fuels is a fools errand.

    Hydrogen in general is a difficult/expensive fuel to transport and store.

  • Report this Comment On May 31, 2013, at 7:40 AM, shirtbrigade wrote:

    How many manufacturers? How many models? i think there's room. Hydrogen could be burned in a generator and the electricity used to power the car.

  • Report this Comment On May 31, 2013, at 12:06 PM, TMFBos wrote:

    @Connelky

    While natural gas is definitley cheaper today, the real argument here is setting up for the future where oil and natural gas are no longer economically viable. At that point in time research points to a hydrogen as the primary carrier of energy due to the fact it can be made by solar and then electrolysis in desalination plants. As Dr. Abbott points out in his paper, "Keeping the Energy Debate Clean: How Do We Supply the World's Energy Needs?"; the cycle from solar to electricity to produce hydrogen which emits water is a reversible process and is environmentally sustainable. So barring any self sustaining energy source, it becomes evident the solar hydrogen economy is a worthy solution to energy in the distant future.

    @AdvanderMeer

    Good catch on the Daimler faux pas, you are indeed right, a verbal misstep on my par.

    @shirtbrigade

    Would you like to know how many manufacturers have started making hydrogen power cars and the exact models?

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