There are more cars on the world’s roads than ever. More drivers are recognising the need to cut carbon emissions and address air quality challenges. One possible solution is hydrogen.
Could a car’s only emission be water?
With more cars on the world’s roads than ever, new fuels are needed that can help to reduce emissions from transport and improve air quality. One of these is hydrogen, which can swap traditionally-powered car exhaust emissions for water vapour.
Watch: How can a car’s only emission be water?
Title: Shell Better Energy Future Hydrogen Future Fuels KM
Hydrogen Future Fuels transcript
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VO & super: How can a car’s only emission be water?
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With the number of vehicles on our roads still growing, Shell is developing cleaner ways to help people get around.
Like cars powered by hydrogen.
We see a Hydrogen car driving
Cars powered by hydrogen
Hydrogen fuel cells drive motors which give all the performance of a conventional car…
The hydrogen car continues to drive with the fuel cell and motor being pulled out
…that can be fully refuelled in minutes
The car is being refuelled at a Hydrogen station, we see a Shell pump and a stop clock timing it
…with a range of more than 500km.
And the only emission? H20. Water.
The hydrogen car drives and a yellow circle appears with a visual of water coming out of the exhaust onto a hand, the H20 symbol appears
Shell is developing hydrogen fuel stations in California and across Germany and the UK…
We see a town with the H2 symbol being pulled out along with the Shell logo. A map of the US, UK & Germany appear along side
…in addition to developing and supplying a range of other future fuels, like Liquefied Natural Gas and biofuels……as well as charging points for electric vehicles.
These are just some of the ways that Shell is helping to bring better energy to everyone.
A globe with pulling out the UK, China, India, Kenya, Brazil, Germany, and the US
Hydrogen-powered cars work by converting compressed hydrogen into electricity, which powers its engine. This process generates only water vapour and heat emissions.
Hydrogen-fuelled cars are also convenient for drivers. They offer similar performance and acceleration to traditional cars, their fuel cells can recharge quicker than batteries in electric vehicles, and they offer long journey times too. Some models can travel as far as 500 kilometres without running dry.
Shell has already opened hydrogen refuelling stations in the UK and on the west coast of the USA, and there are plans to grow this network even further. We are developing a nationwide network of 400 hydrogen fuelling stations in Germany as part of a joint venture. In the US, we are working with Honda and Toyota to grow California’s hydrogen fuelling system.
Hydrogen, however, is not the only future fuel that can help reduce transport emissions. Battery power, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and advanced biofuels will also play a role in the energy transition. And while the fuels of tomorrow will certainly be different to those of the past, what’s clear is that they will be instrumental in helping bring about a new age of transport.
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