New Land Rover Hydrogen-Powered Car: Fuel Cell Defender In Development
There’s a new Land Rover in town! Jaguar and Land Rover have joined forces once again and are developing a prototype hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) based on the new Land Rover Defender model.
But why is this new model being developed, how does it work and what are the main benefits of hydrogen-powered cars? Read on to find out everything you need to know about this new Land Rover.
What is a Hydrogen-Powered car?
Hydrogen-powered cars are a type of electric car. The power for these types of cars are generated by a series of chemical reactions between hydrogen and oxygen rather than stored on board in a battery that is topped up via a plug in other electric cars.
There are different types of hydrogen fuel cells at the moment, but all of them function in a similar way; they combine hydrogen and oxygen to produce water and electricity. Due to water being the only waste product, lots of experts see hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles as the future for making transportation more environmentally.
What Are The Benefits Of A Hydrogen-Powered Car?
Hydrogen fuel cell technology comes with many advantages, especially when compared to other power, fuel and energy sources.
Here are some of the main benefits of hydrogen-powered vehicles:
1. Renewable energy source
Despite the challenges that come with extracting hydrogen from water, hydrogen is the most abundant element around and is a renewable source of energy. This provides us with a sustainable alternative for the planet’s future carbon-free needs .
2. Faster charging times
Your typical electrical vehicle takes anywhere between 30 minutes to 7 hours to charge – in comparison, it takes under five minutes for hydrogen fuel cells to be recharged. This means this will put Land Rover hydrogen-powered cars on par with similar flexibility to conventional Land Rover vehicles.
3. No noise or visual pollution
Unlike other renewable energy sources such as wind power, hydrogen fuel cells produce much less noise pollution – this means that hydrogen-powered cars are much quieter than cars with internal combustion engines. They also don’t require the same space requirements as low-carbon energy alternatives, including wind turbines or biofuel power plants, resulting in less visual pollution.
4. Longer usage time
Similar to vehicles powered by fossil fuels, hydrogen-powered cars have a 300 mile range before needing to be recharged – much more than what electric vehicles currently provide. Electric vehicles are also known to deteriorate in colder weather conditions; in contrast, hydrogen fuel cells are hardly impacted by outside temperature changes, helping this new Land Rover model get ready for winter conditions.
Features Of The Land Rover Hydrogen-Powered Defender
The car being developed might look like the new Land Rover Defender on the outside, but this fuel cell prototype comes with its own features underneath.
Also known as the Defender FCEV, the model incorporates a fuel cell stack, electric drive units, a large battery (taking on recouped energy from braking and providing reserve/boost power for the electric motors) as well as a high-pressure tank for storing the hydrogen.
Consequently, Jaguar and Land Rover see hydrogen technology as the perfect energy source for larger vehicles that need to travel long-range distances in both very hot and very cold conditions – tying in perfectly with the Defender’s go-anywhere approach. It’s clear to see why hydrogen-powered vehicles are the future of transportation and a sustainable planet.
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