Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus teases Tesla, Ford and VW with FCEVs
After Herbert Diess said that scientifically proven batteries are better, Glickenhaus also dared him to prove it by pitting the VW ID.4 against the
. Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG) defied these guys again on Facebook and took Ford into their pack.
The main picture in this article – extracted from the Facebook post – shows where the hydrogen tanks for the SCG boat FCEV will be located. With just two hydrogen tanks in the cab, the normal street version would give the electric pickup more than 600 miles of range.
In order to survive the total of 600 to 900 miles, the competition can install a third hydrogen tank in the loading area, depending on the route. To Car weeksaid Chris Voorhees that they are still evaluating what would be the best solution given the fuel penalties. Voorhees is President of First Mode, the engineering company that helped SCG develop the FCEV boat.
According to the Facebook post, Tesla, Ford and Volkswagen are “everything in purely battery-electric vehicles. “At the same time, SCG has”decided that fuel cells alone or with batteries were a more powerful option for clean energy than batteries alone. “
The reasons for this are clear. Battery electric cars are more energy efficient, but they are heavier and take much longer to charge than filling a hydrogen tank. Another problem is how expensive batteries still are.
One way to address this disadvantage would be to adopt a battery replacement strategy, as Nio has successfully done in China. However, batteries would still be cumbersome. The only solution to this would be a new technology such as solid-state batteries, which also have the advantage of being safer than batteries with liquid electrolytes.
The main advantage of BEVs is that they can be recharged at home, while FCEVs require a hydrogen network that doesn’t already exist. While this needs to be addressed, using a decent battery pack in conjunction with fuel cells could allow them to be recharged at home as well, leaving the hydrogen tank on for longer trips.
SCG ends its challenge by stating that Tesla, Ford and Volkswagen have vehicles already well developed or already for sale, while the boat FCEV is still a blank sheet of paper. However, SCG is confident it can beat anyone BEV Competitors – if one of them dares to take up the challenge.