High flying tech magnate Elon Musk, who is the CEO of SpaceX and battery electric automaker Tesla Motors, recently called hydrogen autos a bunch of BS. He has a reason for doing this.
According to Bloomberg, “Behind Musk’s protestations is the fact that his Tesla competes for resources with hydrogen autos, in the form of government subsidies for rebates, fueling infrastructure and lucrative green-auto credits that have made the company profitable this year. He’s badmouthing the rival technology especially loudly now, as California considers paring his ability to generate credits in the future.”
Wired has a slightly different take, “There’s an old joke about hydrogen power: It’s the fuel of the future, and always will be. Elon Musk doesn’t just agree, he called out hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as ‘bullshit,’ claiming they’re more of a marketing ploy for automakers than a long-term solution.
“The comment from Musk came during a speech to employees and enthusiasts at a new Tesla service center in Germany. The electric automaker’s co-founder and CEO was onstage espousing the virtues of the Model S when he went off on a tangent about EV naysayers: ‘And then they’ll say certain technologies like fuel cell … oh god … fuel cell is so bullshit. Except in a rocket.’
“Musk goes on to state that even given the very best hydrogen technology, it doesn’t come close to the energy density of a modern lithium-ion battery pack like that found in the Model S.”
On October 23, 2013 I alluded to Musk’s statement about hydrogen autos and how he was trying to hype up his troops. If Musk thinks that hydrogen fuel cell autos are BS, then one has to wonder what his true feelings are about gasoline-powered autos? My guess is that I probably wouldn’t be able to print his expletive deleted language here.