Volkswagen CEO against hydrogen fuel cars, says ‘not proven to be climate-friendly'

May 22 2021 05:46 PM
Volkswagen CEO against hydrogen fuel cars, says ‘not proven to be climate-friendly'

Volkswagen chief Herbert Diess recently came up with his criticizing statement against hydrogen cars. Volkswagen CEO said that hydrogen fuel based vehicles have not been proven as environment-friendly. His remarks found support from Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Diess taking the facts from German media group report called Handelsblatt, did a study claiming hydrogen cars are not a proven way to attain climate neutrality. As per the facts concluded from study, conducted by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, reads direct use of electricity would make more economic and ecological sense in the coming years. Especially, in the passenger vehicle segment. Falko Ueckerdt, the lead author of the study published "Such fuels as a universal climate solution are a bit of a false promise. While they are wonderfully versatile, they cannot be expected to replace fossil fuels on a large scale. This can only be achieved with direct electrification.” The study claims that hydrogen-powered cars utilize around five times as much energy as battery-powered electric vehicles. It also said that they could keep combustion technology alive longer, which in turn would ensure continued dependence on fossil fuels and thus further greenhouse gas emissions and endanger the climate targets. Further, it claims that the production of such cars can use up to fourteen times the amount of electricity needed for internal combustion engine vehicles.

Volkswagen CEO took to Twitter to share the report and wrote, "The hydrogen car is proven NOT the air conditioning solution. Electrification has established itself in traffic. Sham debates are a waste of time. Please listen to the science!" While Diess found support from Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

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