This Is Why BEVs Will Probably Beat FCEV In The Long Run

As James Carville once said, “It’s the economy, stupid.”

We all may have our preferences and try to defend them, but things surely look ugly for the ones that love FCEVs. Not because they do not make sense as a clean mean of transportation, but mostly because of much stronger competitors in that field, BEVs. And this video from the Tailosive Tech YouTube channel gives a very technical and interesting perspective on why that is so. Basically, “it’s the economy, stupid.”

Please do not get offended. This remark was made famous as one of the pillars James Carville used to make Bill Clinton the 42nd POTUS. They had to focus on how the economy was performing in those days. We are not talking exactly about the economy, but of the business cases presented both by the battery electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles.

Andrew Erickson starts from a very basic fact that is stepping stone for all his reasoning: cars need to get somewhere the energy they use to run around. BEVs get it from any outlet you may have on your house or on the streets. What about FCEVs?

They need hydrogen filling stations. And there are not that many around. In fact, they are very few. How will you buy a car you do not know where to replenish? And that is just one of the problems Erickson sees with FCEVs.