A Lot of Gas

Although you could probably park the world’s entire fleet of hydrogen-fueled cars in a Walmart parking lot and have plenty of room left over for a number of RVs, Information Trends, a market research firm, says that by 2032—16 years from now—the cumulative number of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles on a global basis will be in excess of 20-million.

Although you could probably park the world’s entire fleet of hydrogen-fueled cars in a Walmart parking lot and have plenty of room left over for a number of RVs, Information Trends, a market research firm, says that by 2032—16 years from now—the cumulative number of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles on a global basis will be in excess of 20-million.

That’s a cumulative number, meaning it combines all that have been sold between now and then.

What’s more, a report that Information Trends has done on the subject, “Global Market for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles,” has it that in 2032 over five-million hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will be sold. Which means that between now and then there will be a total of 15 million sold.

Which, going back to our first sentence, means that things are going to have to get cranked up in the next 15 years rather aggressively.

2017 Tucson Fuel Cell

Consider this: We contacted Hyundai, which is offering its Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle in California since June 2014, appropriately upgraded as the model years have progressed.

The vehicle is available in northern and southern California, which happens to be where the hydrogen fueling infrastructure is being built out.

The Tucson Fuel Cell by any measure is a heck of a bargain. With a $2,999 down payment, the vehicle leases (36 months) for $499 per month.

Included is unlimited FREE hydrogen refueling.

In addition to which there’s At Your Service Valet Maintenance, which means that if something needs servicing, the vehicle is picked up by a dealer and another vehicle is left in its place.

The Tucson Fuel Cell has a driving range of 265 miles, so this is not a vehicle that requires any sort of compromise.

Yet for all of that, as of last week they’d delivered, cumulatively 128 Tucson Fuel Cell crossovers since mid-2014.

Toyota offers the Mirai fuel cell vehicle. Honda will be bringing out its fuel cell Clarity later this year in the U.S. market.

Admittedly, the Information Trends number is (1) in the future and (2) for the world.

But the U.S. market is, and will likely continue to be, the second-largest market for light vehicles in the world, so there surely needs to be a whole lot of hydrogen vehicles between now and then.