The SCG 010: The Hydrogen Powered Boot
"Our refueling solution is swappable DOT compliant tanks filled with cryogenic hydrogen that can be easily changed 24/7/365 worldwide as one swaps out propane BBQ tanks. This can happen at home or in existing gas stations or parking lots. As the range we're targeting is 600-1000 miles this will be less often and much quicker that BEV pickup trucks. As BEV pickup's carry 1800 lbs of batteries our load capacity will be a lot more. Our target MSRP is 100K. We're glad that auto evolution understands the benefit of our using cryogenic hydrogen." - Jim Glickenhaus
- 600-1000 Mile Range
- Speedy, Reasonably Priced, Easy to Refuel
- Can Be Used as a Generator
- Target MSRP: $100,000
The Earliest Vision of Hydrogen
While electric vehicles have consumed the imaginations of the automotive market's visions of the future, they are still in a period of technological development. The crucial flaw facing electric vehicles at the moment is longevity, with many vehicles offering an extremely limited range. Hydrogen offers Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus an alternative fuel that is not only environmentally friendly, but capable of running and finishing an endurance race.
Electric vs Hydrogen Powered
From a total systems efficiency perspective, it seems more efficient to use renewable energy to charge battery electric vehicles and run those vehicles than to use that same renewable energy, create hydrogen, and run the hydrogen through a fuel cell electric vehicle. Renewable energy is not the only way to produce so-called "green" hydrogen but is the most common industrial scale. Therefore, to the extent that the world does not currently have enough renewable energy to power battery electric vehicles, we do not have enough clean energy to power fuel cell electric vehicles. I say it seems to be more efficient because this is much more complicated than many who spin sound bites would lead you to believe.
However, the proponents of batteries often forget to mention that batteries today store less than 0.5 Megajoules of energy per kilogram of battery. By comparison, gasoline has approximately 46 MJ/kg, and hydrogen has around 120 MJ/kg. Therefore, in energy-limited applications, battery technology is not a replacement for liquid hydrocarbon fuels. Generally, the larger the vehicle, the more energy density matters, and batteries will not work for those applications that are larger in size, such as planes, ships, trucks, pickup trucks.