The real mainstream: Hydrogen or electric vehicles?


The real mainstream: Hydrogen or electric vehicles?

Exasperated with the status of air pollution in the region, the Supreme Court recently directed the Union government to explore the feasibsility of using hydrogen technologies as a permanent solution to the air pollution in Delhi-NCR and other parts of North India. In the past also, the Supreme Court has shown interest in getting hydrogen-fueled buses on NCR roads. The question is: Are hydrogen vehicles the best solution to clean the air of Delhi-NCR?

Worldwide, there is a race between hydrogen and electric vehicles (EVs) to capture the market of the zero-emission vehicles. While China and the US have put their money behind electric cars, Japan and Korea are betting big on hydrogen. Currently, EVs have taken the lead, with millions of electric cars and two-wheelers already on the roads. This year alone, companies across the world are going to unveil at least one hundred models of electric cars and two-wheelers. But, the Japanese companies are investing heavily in hydrogen technology, and lobbying across the world (including with Niti Aayog) to push for hydrogen mobility. Should India be promoting hydrogen vehicles? Read More

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