100% renewable targets will require power storage to manage flows on the net
Electrolysers utilise these intermittent power flows to produce H2 gas from water
H2 gas can be stored in large quantities underground and transported via existing gas pipelines
H2 vehicles recharge faster and are more durable than battery powered transport
Growing H2 demand in industrial processes will reduce costs and increase supply

At the Paris Motor Show last month, Nissan unveiled the successor to their electric Leaf, the Terra, a new concept in fuel cell technology.

The vehicle has a chunky and angular styling  with squared off wheels which it describes as “modern toughness”. The rear wheels contain an electric motor each and are based on the designs shown in successive Pivo city car concepts.

Because the rear under floor is clear of a diff, drives hafts and exhaust, there is room to package the 2.5kW/L fuel cell stack between the rear wheels. The front wheels are driven by a lithium ion powerpack.

Nissans message is clear “Nissan is ready to mass-produce fuel cell electric vehicles whenever hydrogen becomes widely available”.