With the UK government’s goal of being rid of diesel vehicles – including banning the production of new diesels by 2040 – manufacturers have started preparing and producing alternative fuel vehicles. Most of the alternative fuel talk has been around electric vehicles, which of course is a valid option, but what other ones are there? Well, the next big fuel type could by hydrogen, with some manufacturers already looking at this as a viable alternative to petrol, diesel and even electric cars and vans. So, could it prove to be more beneficial than electricity as a fuel for business fleets?
In this blog we’ll explore the possibility of hydrogen fuel and see if it could be part of the alternative fuel future that the UK government wants. We also compare hydrogen to electricity for business purposes to see if your business could be better off switching to hydrogen in the future rather than the much-vaunted electric fleet.
A fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) uses hydrogen – which is cheap and abundant - and turns it into electricity by disrupting the reaction within the cell to power the vehicle. Vehicles that use hydrogen are generally more efficient than their more standard combustion engine cousins. On top of this FCEV produce no emissions as they only emit water vapor and warm air, so why are we not seeing more news around hydrogen cars? Well there are several reasons, such as;
So, with all these disadvantages are there any advantages that would convince people to switch? Well yes, and on top of that with technology always advancing we may see solutions to the above, including cheaper technology and safer methods of using the fuel source. Below we have taken a look at some of the benefits to hydrogen as a fuel source;
So, could hydrogen be used as a fuel type for fleets? And will it have enough benefits to go up against traditional fuel types and alternative fuel leaders such as electricity? Well, at this stage we still don’t know, and there are a lot of unknowns to be cleared up. But, what is known is that manufacturers are starting to look at the possibility of producing hydrogen vehicles, so who has started to get involved in the hydrogen fuel race?
Other manufacturers are looking into hydrogen as an option, but currently if you wanted to switch to hydrogen, Toyota and Hyundai may be your only short-term options.
As more manufacturers get involved in the hydrogen race more options will open up and this should bring with it a decrease in the cost of vehicles – which would make them much more affordable for fleets.
If you own a fleet of business vehicles there will be a range of decisions involved when you purchase, including refuelling times, how many miles before you need to refill and cost. So, looking at these three key points we compare the two alternative fuel types;
In the current electric vs hydrogen debate there are a lot of ups and downs, but which one is currently more suitable for business fleets? Electric vehicles are easier to get hold of and are currently much cheaper to purchase, but in the long-term we still don’t know. Both fuel types are still developing and on top of this petrol and diesel looks like it isn’t going anywhere just yet but as we look to a zero-emission future, hydrogen looks like a serious contender.
While we can’t claim to be experts in hydrogen or electric vehicles, something we do know is insurance. So, if you have any questions on your fleet, special types or commercial vehicle insurance, or would like to see if we can save you some money on your insurance, get in contact today by calling us on 01869 389 421, or if you'd like to get a cheap fleet insurance quote then please click here now.
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