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 the Nexo in 2019. The reason why so few hydrogen fuel cell cars are sold is obvious: the infrastructure is not yet properly in place, the fuel cell system is still quite expensive and hydrogen is rather pricey.

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Author profile picture 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.