Jan Wouters

Jan Wouters is an independent entrepeneur, at Wautomotive.nl. In the year that the car celebrates its 250th anniversary, he writes for Innovation Origins about the history of innovation.

Tomorrow is Good: Hydrogen as a remedy for international conflicts?

The popularity of hydrogen is rising steadily. Leaders in the hydrogen economy are South Korea, Japan and China. Europe is working hard on it and the US also has strategic plans for hydrogen. We barely see the development of this reflected in the market share of cars. Hyundai sold 4987 units of...

Tomorrow is Good: how hype delays innovation

We all try our hand at predicting things. But how good are those predictions? The Danish Nobel Prize winner for Physics in 1922, Niels Bohr, spoke these wise words: making predictions is very difficult, especially when it comes to the future. It often goes very wrong: oil price rises from the past...

Tomorrow is good: is Volkswagen going to follow in the footsteps of Kodak?

It is a bit of a golden rule that large industrial companies do not like transitions. Transitions cost money, are in principle not very profitable and it hurts to throw away cash cows. Moreover, familiarity with the existing technology is part of the (hidden) capital value of a company. In short,...

Tomorrow is good: Is diesel cleaner than electric?

Is diesel really cleaner than electric? Yes, and for the most part, no. It all depends on how you look at it, but perhaps also on the commercial interests that are at stake. When I say clean or dirty, I of course mean the emission of fine particles (from tyres and from the exhaust) and NOx from...

Tomorrow is good: advantage for electric SUV status symbols

The ‘strict’ environmental objectives for 2021 are rapidly approaching. In that year, the average tank-to-wheel CO2 emissions for an automobile concern’s entire fleet are permitted to amount to just 95 grams, assuming an average weight of approximately 1380 kg per vehicle. For...

Better tomorrow: Get out of the trenches!

It was another interesting week for everyone involved in the development of mobility. Our national pride the Lightyear One was unveiled, our king opened a green hydrogen plant at Veendam and BMW has indicated that it will continue to produce diesel engines for at least another 30 years. Although I...

Tomorrow is Good: disruption is a long term thing

We are living in a very interesting time in which we are going to make serious breakthroughs in the various areas of mobility. We are aiming for zero emissions, no congestion and the number of fatalities must be reduced to zero. In 2018 this was 678 (2017: 613) for the Netherlands only, while in...

Tomorrow is good: Hydrogen hype?

Hydrogen as an energy carrier for the propulsion of vehicles is on a steady rise. This seems strange because the Toyota Mirai or Hyundai Nexo cannot compete with the purely battery-powered counterparts in terms of price/performance ratio. In addition, the charging infrastructure for battery...

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