Hyundai Auto Canada has released a study stating that most of the Canadians prefer Hydrogen fuel cell electric over traditional gasoline engines, indicating a changing trend for the auto industry.
The two-pronged research study was conducted in partnership with North America’s leading carbon management company Offsetters and Ipsos Reid which is a Canadian research company. The research conducted by the partners was focused exclusively on the Canadian market.
The consumer insight survey revealed that 75% of Canadians would prefer to drive a vehicle which is not powered by traditional gasoline engines. The study further revealed that most of the Canadians are not keen towards the use of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) with 71% feeling that the need to constantly charge the batteries is a hassle, while 67% felt the vehicles were not easy to drive.
This could indicate the reason for 64% of the people exhibiting interest to drive a hydrogen powered vehicle, while 77% believed that future vehicles should be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Hyundai became the first company to offer a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle in the Canadian market in January 2015.
In an effort to demonstrate the benefits of fuel cell technology in a Canadian environment, Offsetters conducted a study which included the use of a Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV). The study concluded that driving the Hyundai FCEV resulted in 40% lesser greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere when compared to an equivalent gasoline powered vehicle on a well-to-wheel basis.
The Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) has been made available to Canadians with a 3-year lease in the Vancouver area. The Tucson FCEV has a range of over 420 km eradicating range anxiety that many owners face in battery electric vehicles (BEV). The report also mentions that the Tucson takes less than 5 minutes to refuel when compared to long charging hours of the BEV’s.