How a Fuel Cell Vehicle Works

Fuel cell vehicles are powered by amazing technology. They generate electricity from hydrogen through an electrochemical process within a fuel cell stack. These vehicles combine the best attributes of gasoline and battery-powered cars, resulting in a clean, long range vehicle with fast refueling times.

To help explain how fuel cell vehicles work, we developed an animated infographic that shows how hydrogen is transformed into electricity within the fuel cell and how it all safely comes together to create a truly next-generation vehicle like our Tucson Fuel Cell. To view the full size, click on the graphic below. To save, right click and ‘Save As.’

How a Fuel Cell Vehicle Works - Brought to You by Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell

9 thoughts on “How a Fuel Cell Vehicle Works

  • I want more green choices in our environment and this is a great step especially since my choice for vehicles is Hyundai

  • Hydrogen is great, the technology has been around for decades, Mercedes-Benz and other German car makers have been developing cars for a long time now. Despite the security issues the technology still has, its bigger problem is that a hydrogen infrastructure must be built from scratch. That is expensive which is why electrics are doing slightly better now. Plus there is still so much money to be made with gasoline, consideration of the environment is sadly enough not a sufficient incentive. Finally, how many of us do really need to have a car? Switching to public transportation would already make a huge difference.

  • The hydrogen infrastructure problem can be largely solved by a home-based, rooftop solar powered hydrolysis system which could feed hydrogen to both a home-power fuel cell and an automobile based fuel cell. When you can fill your car with home generated hydrogen, the only additional infrastructure needed is for between city travel. (Most travel is within 30 miles of home.) Highway stations could generate hydrogen on-site via solar panel set ups. Bye-bye Exxon!
    Additionally, the home system could be tapped by a smart grid to meet power surge needs for which you could be reimbursed on a cost-plus basis. Infrastructure is not the problem we might think it is.

  • most hydrogen is produced through steam reformation, which creates at least as much emission of carbon per mile as some of today’s gasoline cars. On the other hand, if the hydrogen could be produced using renewable energy, “it would surely be easier simply to use this energy to charge the batteries of all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles.”

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