Energy Dept. Outlines Fuel Cell Vehicle Growth in Recent Years

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According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the number of fuel cell vehicles available to consumers and on the road continues to grow, as exhibited by sales and lease volumes.

As of February 2019, there were 6,558 fuel cell vehicles on U.S. roads, according to a “fact of the month” from the DOE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office, part of the agency’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

The DOE notes that fuel cell vehicle sales (including leases) are currently only offered in select areas that have hydrogen refueling infrastructure.

The agency offers the following chart of cumulative fuel cell vehicle sales (including leases) from January 2015 to February 2019:

The DOE cites its numbers from Argonne National Laboratory, which lays out specific hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) sales in February 2019: 94 Toyota Mirai, five Hyundai Nexo, zero Honda Clarity and zero Hyundai Tucson vehicles. Cumulatively, 314 FCEVs have been sold in 2019.

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Too bad only Forbes supports vehicles with battery exchange. Plug-in vehicles, though a niche and all the vogue, cannot succeed in the long run. There will never be enough charging stations or the grid for their support.