“Please listen to the science!
Volkswagen Auto Group CEO Herbert Diess expresses his distaste for the use of hydrogen to solve global climate problems. “Please listen to the science,” Diess said in a Tweet.
Quoting a German media report Handelsblatt, Diess said hydrogen-powered vehicles have been proven not to be as environmentally friendly as they once thought. Instead, Diess suggests that companies should focus on electrification, a narrative that many companies under the umbrella of Volkswagen AG have announced to join. The most recent is Italian automaker Lamborghini, which is owned by Volkswagen AG.
Das Wasserstoff-Auto ist nachgewiesen NICHT die Klimalösung. Im Verkehr hat sich die Elektrifizierung durchgesetzt. Scheindebatten sind Reine Zeitverschwendung. Bitte auf die Wissenschaft hören! @ArminLaschet @OlafScholz @andreasscheuer @ABaerbock https://t.co/LfErDmBs5R
– Herbert dies (@Herbert_Diess) May 18, 2021
Diess said (via Google Translate):
“It is proven that the hydrogen car is NOT the solution. Electrification has imposed itself in traffic. Sham debates are a waste of time. Please listen to the science! “
the Handelsblatt The report cited by Diess shows that a new study from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) has concluded that hydrogen cars are not the way to achieve climate neutrality. Instead, the scientists who conducted the study indicate that battery-electric cars (BEVs) are more durable and may be a more environmentally friendly option for those who are concerned about their car’s emissions.
the Handelsblatt the report states:
“On the contrary, the direct use of electricity would make more economic and ecological sense in the years to come, especially in the passenger car sector. It is also criticized that new hydrogen-based fuels could keep combustion technology alive for longer, which in turn would ensure continued dependence on fossil fuels and therefore more greenhouse gas emissions and put endanger climate goals.
Additionally, Falko Ueckerdt, lead study author and PIK scientist, said:
“Such fuels as a universal climate solution are a bit of a false promise. While they are wonderfully versatile, they cannot be expected to replace fossil fuels on a large scale. This can only be achieved with direct electrification. “
The study highlights the high energy needs of hydrogen vehicles, which use significantly more electricity to produce an EV. The study indicates that production uses between two and fourteen times the amount of electricity needed for combustion engine cars in manufacturing. Hydrogen cars consume around five times more energy than BEVs.
Diess, which has become one of the industry’s loudest auto leaders in favor of electrification, has led Volkswagen to become a major OEM in the transition to electric vehicles. Over the past two years, Diess has taken Volkswagen from the depths of Dieselgate controversy to the heights of the electric vehicle industry, with its ID.4 winning the 2021 ‘World Car of the Year’ award in 2021.
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