VW CEO says fuel cell cars ‘aren’t the answer’ to emissions-free mobility
BERLIN – Herbert, CEO of the Volkswagen Group Dies said hydrogen fuel cell cars are not the answer to future emission-free driving.
“It is proven that the hydrogen car is NOT the climate solution”, Dies wrote on Twitter. “In transport, electrification prevailed. False debates are a waste of time. Please listen to the science! “
He directed the statement to the Twitter handles of those running to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel as chancellor this fall, including Armin Laschet, head of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU), Olaf Scholz, the country’s finance minister and Green Party candidate Annalena Baerbock.
Dies tweet also tagged Andreas Scheuer, German Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, and included a link to an article in the German business journal Handelsblatt report on a study support Dies complaints.
The study was conducted by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). The report came to the conclusion that the development of hydrogen-based passenger cars would be bad for the climate, at least for now.
Researchers at PIK said hydrogen-based fuels are inefficient, expensive and the availability of the necessary raw materials is unreliable, recommending that battery-electric vehicles be at the center of a green mobility strategy.
In an interview published on May 6, Roman Sacchi, member of the PKI study team, says The Guardian if produced with current electric blends in Europe, hydrogen-based fuels would increase – not decrease – greenhouse gas emissions, compared to the use of fossil fuels.
VW has repeatedly spoken out against hydrogen as an option in the near future. In an interview in March with the Financial Times, Dies asserted that hydrogen fuel cell technology would never be efficient enough for widespread use.
In another Twitter post from February 11, Dies said it was time for politicians to embrace the science and called hydrogen “way too expensive, inefficient, slow and difficult to deploy and transport”.
“After all: no #hydrogen cars in sight,” the post read.
Other automakers including Hyundai and BMW are moving forward with hydrogen development plans: Hyundai said earlier this month it would work with public and private partners to develop infrastructure hydrogen in the United States, while BMW plans to unveil a model of a limited-series hydrogen fuel cell. SUV in 2022.
Stellantis will also launch by the end of the year hybrid hydrogen and battery-electric utility vans from Peugeot, Citroën and Opel, with the promise of a range of 400 km and a filling time of around three minutes.