By on September 13, 2012

Call it synchronicity or call it conspiracy: 2015 is drawing closer, the year when several large global automakers will begin full-scale launches of hydrogen-powered automobiles. Developing new powertrains being costly with unassured payback, automakers form alliances to share the cost. And alliance of Daimler, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota to jointly promote hydrogen use would be surprising, they usually are otherwise engaged. However, the four join hands, forces and cars for a grand hydrogen tour through Europe.

Starting in Hamburg, Germany, on September 13, seven Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) will travel through Hannover, Bolzano, Paris, Cardiff, Bristol, Swindon, London and Copenhagen, and points between. The party is BYOH, bring your own hydrogen: Mobile refueling stations will be set up by H2 Logic Denmark in stopover cities.

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6 Comments on “European Hydrogen Fusion Between Daimler, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota...”

  • avatar
    el scotto

    The idealist in me wants to see this work. My practical side thinks fuel cell safety and where are the hydrogen stations.

  • avatar

    Well, well..

    It’s about time.

    This publicity tour of H2 fuel cells is the counterpart of BMW’s “Hydrogen 7” placements here a few years ago.

    I am unashamedly a hydrogen fanatic. I really believe this is the ultimate energy carrier, and am glad to see this demonstration. But, fanbois, don’t give up on the loss of H2/ICE just yet. (Fuel cells are VERY expensive.) The rumor mill has it that BMW, in its deep, dark inner catacombs, is developing a small revolutionary ICE that is especially optimized for use of H2….very efficiently (but what else?).

    So, vrooom, vrooom** and manual transmissions may still not be lost from our future…


    ** What is there about the joy of knowing that many little fiery explosions are occurring under your control in a mechanical beast that requires care and feeding? Must be a primitive instinct. Guilty!


  • avatar

    I’m a fan of H2, but it’s going to be all uphill for a long while.

    The only problems are infrastructure and affordability, but these are huge problems. Hydrogen isn’t cheap to produce, but I’d try doing so through renewable resources to reduce the cost.

    With hydrogen, safety is not much of an issue with modern technology.

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