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  • Henry Hewitt on February 11 2020 said:
    Thanks Haley,

    I think you are kidding yourself. By the time it scales, it's cheap and everybody's happy, the EV game will have been won. Bloomberg New Energy Finance says 500 million EVs by 2040. I say 0 to 60[%] in 15 Years, and we're 5 years in, but I don't matter. BNEF does.

    Do the math: from 5 million EVs on the road now, that is a double every three years, roughly 24% growth rate, which is 7 doublings, and 2 to the 7th is 128, so a 100-fold increase is what BNEF is calling for, and they do matter.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-07/europe-moves-ahead-with-5-5-billion-battery-bid-to-rival-china?srnd=hyperdrive

    What scales, already, is the infinite output from our favorite Hydrogen reactor, which hasn't missed a day in 4 billion years. What also scales virtually infinitely is sand, or dirt, ie, silicon, which is already providing virtually free kilowatt-hours and 2-cent per mile rides. As for Lithium, that's number 3 on the Periodic Table, right after Helium, solar Hydrogen's partner in light, heat and all good things that come to this world.

    Hydrogen may have a role in lightweight autonomous vehicles, aka, drones someday, but we shall see. Betting the future of the auto industry on terrestrial hydrogen seems a fool's errand. Too expensive, too late, and not needed.
  • Craig Austin on February 13 2020 said:
    Hydrogen is not a fuel source, it is more like a battery, storing electrical energy to be turned into mechanical energy. The process is not perfect there are losses, not all the electric energy ends up in hydrogen, not all of the hydrogen results in mechanical energy, heat losses are inevitable.

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