Now You Know: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles in 100 Words

By Editors on February 7, 2008 1:54 PM

A hydrogen fuel cell is a device that produces electricity by creating a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. In fuel cell vehicles, this electricity is used to power what is essentially an electric car. One of the major benefits of fuel cell power is that the only by-products from the reaction are heat and water. Fuel cell production costs and infrastructure concerns (hydrogen production and refueling stations) are some of the hurdles to be overcome, but automakers are spending millions with the hopes of making pollution-free fuel cell vehicles a market-viable reality as soon as the next decade.