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November 12, 2019 / 0 Comments / 904 / Blog

Rupert Holmes investigates the latest hydrogen fuel cells and asks if they could provide a clean electrical power source for yachts

Nearly a decade ago there was plenty of talk about hydrogen fuel cells becoming the carbon-free future for the automotive industry, yet we rarely hear about it now. So what happened?

There are a number of reasons, including lower initial costs for battery-powered vehicles in the early part of the electric vehicle revolution, and the high cost of platinum needed as a catalyst for fuel cells, which put the brakes on their adoption.

However, there are currently huge environmental and human costs in mining the cobalt used in lithium-ion batteries – one of a number of factors that will make it difficult to scale existing technology up to several multiples of today’s level of production.

Much hope for the future is pinned on improved battery chemistry and eye-watering amounts of money are being poured into this, but any potential game-changing developments are still at the research stage and remain some way from becoming a commercial reality.

Lack of media attention, however, has not slowed the development of hydrogen power, which is widely seen as being easier to quickly scale up to many times the current level of production than battery power.

In October this year the French government, for instance, announced a €7 billion commitment to create 6.5 gigawatts of hydrogen power capability by 2030. That’s equivalent to the total output of all six gas turbine power stations commissioned in the UK in the last decade.

Welcome to the “affordable” Tesla Model 3

November 12, 2019 / 0 Comments / 1013 / Blog

It has the size and stance of another car called the 3 (from Mazda), its single instrument is a billboard-like 15-inch touchscreen glowing in the dash, it accelerates with the nearly silent rush that cheetahs use to get their lunch

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2020, everything will be bigger, factory parts

November 12, 2019 / 0 Comments / 976 / Blog

It has the size and stance of another car called the 3 (from Mazda), its single instrument is a billboard-like 15-inch touchscreen glowing in the dash, it accelerates with the nearly silent rush that cheetahs use to get their lunch

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Model 3 Tesla’s do-or-die moment

November 12, 2019 / 0 Comments / 1080 / Blog

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7 Amazing Gifts For Petrolheads You Should Buy On Black Friday

February 2, 2018 / 3 Comments / 2035 / Blog

Minivans have reached their 21st-century cultural inflection point. If vans are going to remain relevant they must find new customers by fighting off the breeder-centric stigma. This is the car that will either save Tesla or kill it.

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The Digital Dash Is The Only Thing That Me About Golf GTI

February 1, 2018 / 2 Comments / 1823 / Blog

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10 Amazing Gifts For Petrolheads You Should Buy On Friday

January 25, 2016 / 2 Comments / 15390 / Blog

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2019 Chevrolet review

January 18, 2016 / 1 Comments / 1858 / Blog

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Best new cars for 2019

January 18, 2016 / 1 Comments / 1770 / Blog

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