Cadillac Says Hydrogen Is Future, EVs Don't Really Make Sense - Cadillac CT6 Forum
 
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post #1 of 6 Old 12-21-2015, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Cadillac Says Hydrogen Is Future, EVs Don't Really Make Sense



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Cadillacís Chief Marketing Officer considers hydrogen fuel cell cars as the future of transportation because they make their own electric power. All the world needs now, above a broad range of fuel cell vehicles available for purchase, is an infrastructure for refilling. Since hydrogen has specific safety requirements, an extra pump at regular gas stations isnít enough, because the gas needs to be stored at an extremely low temperature to maintain its state.
Since electricity is produced mainly using fossil fuels, having EVs be the new norm will just transfer the fossil fuel consumption to power plants instead of combustion engines. That makes sense. A switch to EVs would have to be complimented by a switch from fossil fuel electricity generation to make that a viable climate change battling strategy.

Of course, one has to wonder if Cadillac is simply switching focus because the ELR was such a massive failure. Strange from a brand that is associated with Chevrolet, a brand that is coming out with a brand new affordable EV to add to the Volt.

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post #2 of 6 Old 12-27-2015, 06:43 PM
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Glad to see they're taking this direction, they might even be able to sell some hydrogen fleet vehicle which will help them out.
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post #3 of 6 Old 12-30-2015, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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Cadillac hydrogen fleet vehicles? I don't foresee that happening. First off, why buy a fleet of hydrogen vehicles with current infrastructure. Second, if you did buy a fleet of hydrogen vehicles, why Cadillacs? I would expect a business to be interested more in a more reasonably priced vehicle, especially considering hydrogen powered vehicles are expensive to begin with , let alone adding luxury features on top of that.
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There is some sense in the statement regarding the usage of hydrogen in its raw form which is even more environmentally-friendly as opposed to burning several fossil fuels to produce the electricity required to power EVs. However, the market is relatively small and could be far-fetched due to the low temperatures necessary for hydrogen storage which might be rather costly so it contradicts the entire objective to begin with.
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post #5 of 6 Old 05-27-2016, 12:20 PM
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With fleet it's all about what's cheap to buy and cheap to maintain and typically mainstream powertrains are favored, not sure if hydrogen will be it but there is definitely a lot of sense to be made of the current petrol powertrains. Now sure how well this will do.

But what I do a see a lot of are hybrid fleets. It's proven tech.
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Looks like Cadillac is ready to pick one or the other and stick with it. At least the die-hard Cadillac fans won't mind breaking out the finances to purchase a hydrogen vehicle, but I think the rest of the world might have something to say if they didn't at least try to roll out something electric eventually.
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