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Elon Musk Calls Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars ‘Bullsh*t’

•, By Damon Lavrinc
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.

Granted, Musk is a bit biased and firmly entrenched in the battery electric vehicle space, but despite years of promises from automakers and government agencies, it’s tough not to think that the zero emissions future promised by hydrogen is still a long way off.

That hasn’t stopped a range of automakers — from Honda to Mercedes-Benz — from continuing to develop hydrogen-electric vehicles.

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