Are fuel cells still the Cinderella of propulsion technologies?

Current studies cite hydrogen as the most effective potential solution to the problem of meeting CO2 emission targets. Yet despite this, there is precious little focus on fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) from the automakers, the media and the public.

Recent announcements by automotive companies such as BMW and Bosch are to some extent reinvigorating the discussion, helping to promote fuel cells as a serious alternative propulsion technology to complement conventional and electric drivetrains – but the technology is still pretty well sidelined compared with battery-powered EVs. Nevertheless, the development and production of fuel cells will replace some of the jobs that will be lost in the area of combustion engines, as Bosch Chief Executive Volkmar Denner has made clear.