Why Hydrogen

Why Hydrogen

Benefits of hydrogen

Hydrogen is a clean, safe fuel for fuel cell electric vehicles. It is vital to the “all-of-the-above” approach to provide clean, oil-free transportation.

Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) use hydrogen in a fuel cell to generate electricity that powers the vehicle. FCEVs are zero-emission vehicles that do not create greenhouse gases or air pollutants. The only exhaust is water vapor.


Hydrogen is already produced in large quantities for industrial purposes. Today most hydrogen is made from natural gas and is increasingly being produced from renewable sources that includes solar and wind electrolysis, biomass and biogas. Producing hydrogen creates almost zero criteria pollutants and when used in a FCEV, reduces GHG emissions by at least half when compared to a conventional gasoline vehicle. When using renewables, GHGs can be reduced by more than 90%.

Fuel cell electric vehicles have a range similar to gasoline internal combustion engine vehicles and can fill up at hydrogen dispensers in existing gas stations in less than five minutes. FCEVs have great performance, low maintenance and are eligible for state and federal rebates and incentives. Hydrogen is a safe, cost-competitive fuel with an extensive production and distribution network. H2USA is working to enable the commercial sale of hydrogen on a national scale.


For more information


Every region of the U.S. can make hydrogen from its own natural resources. Read more at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory


FCEVs and hydrogen are as safe as every other fuel and vehicle on the road today. Read more at the California Fuel Cell Partnership


Well-to-wheels analysis shows that hydrogen made from natural gas significantly reduces GHG emissions. Read more at the U.S. Department of Energy


Fuel cells and hydrogen continue to meet or exceed U.S. Department of Energy commercialization targets. Read more at the U.S. Department of Energy


A fuel cell combines hydrogen stored on board the vehicle with oxygen from the air to create electricity to power the vehicle. Read more at the Alternative Fuels Data Center