Hydrogen Car Compared to Regular Cars
- Gasoline vehicles use internal combustion engines that are a part of a vast infrastructure that fuels, repairs and regulates the use of these automobiles. These vehicles are affordable and it is relatively inexpensive to produce fuel for these vehicles.
- Hydrogen vehicles will reduce the U.S. dependence on imported fuel. These vehicles are currently being designed to be environmentally friendly, economically viable, and once the infrastructure is in place the fuel is expected to be produced and distributed locally.
- Gasoline-based automobiles produce atmospheric emissions that are considered harmful to the environment. Hydrogen produces byproducts that come in the form of heat and water.
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses a computer to determine the average fuel economy of cars and light trucks. The EPA has determined that the average gasoline-powered passenger car gets 23.9 mpg and light trucks get 17.4 mpg. Hydrogen vehicles average 24-34 mpg, depending on the type of engine.
- According to the National Hydrogen Association, hydrogen would cost $2.10 per gallon of gasoline equivalent (gge) to produce and deliver to fueling stations. Also, future estimates for a gallon of hydrogen would be $1.75/gge to $4.25/gge. Gasoline is considerably higher at $9.10/gge.