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The head of Volkswagen considered hydrogen technologies unpromising for the automotive industry

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The words of the CEO of a leading German auto maker sound provocative against the backdrop of the widespread passion for hydrogen mobility technologies.

The head of Volkswagen considered hydrogen technologies unpromising for the automotive industry

The Volkswagen CEO said that the use of hydrogen as a vehicle fuel does not have a commercial prospect and therefore the company will not develop such vehicles. Herbert Diess stated this on his official Twitter account.

“It's time for politicians to understand that hydrogen is needed in metallurgy, aircraft construction and the chemical industry, but not for cars. It is too expensive and inefficient, the infrastructure is developing slowly, there are great difficulties in transportation, therefore, no, we do not have hydrogen cars in our plans, "wrote Diss.

Other manufacturers disagree with Volkswagen head: Hyundai by the end of the decade plans to sell up to 700,000 hydrogen Nexo crossovers, Toyota recently launched sales of the second generation Mirai sedan, BMW develops hydrogen X5, not to mention the truck companies (Hino, MAN, Hyundai, Mercedes, Toyota, Volvo) - they are sure that hydrogen is the future.

Formerly Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure of Germany Andreas Scheuer stated that he believes hydrogen technology works and represents a milestone on the road to future carbon neutral mobility. The German government regularly provides millions of euros in subsidies to developers of hydrogen mobility facilities under the Federal Republic of Germany's National Innovation Program "Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology" (NIP).

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