NOV 13, 2018 6:10 PM PST

Here's Why Hydrogen-Powered Cars Haven't Become Mainstream

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

The automobile industry today is still dominated by gasoline-powered vehicles, but electric cars like those from Tesla are gaining a lot of traction in the fight to reduce carbon emissions.

Another concept that aimed to reduce carbon emissions was the hydrogen-powered car, and while Toyota did officially produce one that it later called the Mirai, hydrogen-powered cars never really became the mainstream for everyday people like you and me.

If you were wondering why hydrogen-powered cars haven’t taken off, then turn your attention to the price tag of the Toyota Mirai. At $60,000, it’s not very wallet-friendly, and other manufacturers like Chevrolet and Nissan are selling electric cars for less than half of that.

Given the current trends of the automobile market, hydrogen-powered cars can’t keep up with the lower costs of purchasing and owning an electric vehicle. The weak demand for hydrogen-powered cars ultimately means that infrastructure for manufacturing them won’t materialize, and electric vehicles will only get better and more efficient with time.

About the Author
Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
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