Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has always denied the potential of hydrogen fuel-cells for vehicles, and in a recent question and answer Musk reiterated how ‘dumb’ the idea is, and why electric battery cells are already more efficient.
“I don’t want to get into a debate on this because I just think hydrogen fuel-cells are extremely silly.” Musk said. “It’s very difficult to make hydrogen, and store it, and put it in a car. Hydrogen is an energy storage mechanism, it is not a source, so you have to get hydrogen from somewhere. If you get that hydrogen from water the process is extremely inefficient as an energy process.”
The chief executive followed up with reasons why the electric car is already far ahead of where hydrogen will ever be, claiming hydrogen has “very low density, it is a pernicious molecule, hydrogen leaks are invisible and it is extremely flammable.”
Musk’s comments come after Toyota and Honda both work on hydrogen based cars for mass adoption by 2020. It seems like the Japanese companies are committed to multiple charging alternatives, to move away from petrol.
Detroit’s auto-show played host to various conversations with automotive executives, but like usual the Tesla Motors CEO was the main feature at the event, alongside rumors General Motors would partner with Google on self-driving cars.
The chief executive of Tesla believes the company will be profitable without any subsidiaries by 2020, following the launch of the Tesla Model X and Model 3. The growth of Tesla manufacturing should hit at least half a million within five years.
Musk will continue to invest in automation, SuperCharger stations and new efficient energy solutions, alongside acquiring new talent to build the cars. Speaking on the Tesla stock, Musk said long term buyers should not be worried, and short-term buyers don’t deserve re-assurances.