Overview of fuel cell electric cars

List of fuel cell electric cars available in Germany and Europe in 2019

Market overview of all fuel cell electric cars offered in Germany – List of fuel cell electric vehicles in series production currently available on the German market

ManufacturerModelEngine Power
in kW
Top Speed
in km/h
Hydrogen Consumption
in kg/100 km
Battery Capacity
in kWh
Electric Range
in km
Tank Capacity
in kg
Price in Euro
(including German tax)
HyundaiNexo1201770,951,566666,3369.000
ToyotaMirai1131750,761,65005,078.600

Prices and other data correspond to those of the respective automobile manufacturer in 2019.

List of fuel cell electric cars available until 2018

Market overview of all fuel cell electric cars offered in Germany up to and including 2018 – List of fuel cell electric vehicles formerly available on the German market

ManufacturerModelEngine Power
in kW
Top Speed
in km/h
Hydrogen Consumption
in kg/100 km
Battery Capacity
in kWh
Electric Range
in km
Tank Capacity
in kg
End of
Production
Hyundaiix35 Fuel Cell1001600,95120,955945,642018

Technical data correspond to the specifications of the respective manufacturer with status at the end of production.

What is a fuel cell electric car?

A fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) is a car driven by an electric motor that obtains the necessary electrical energy from a fuel cell. In a hydrogen-oxygen fuel cell, the electric current is generated by the chemical reaction of the two elements. While the oxygen required for the process is taken from the ambient air, the hydrogen is stored under a very high pressure of around 700 bar in the pressure tanks installed in the vehicle. In addition, fuel cell electric cars have a battery that can temporarily take up the electricity for the electric drive from the fuel cell. The accumulator makes it possible to use the braking energy through recuperation.

A fuel cell electric vehicle does not emit any pollutants locally. The only emission produced by the chemical reaction in a fuel cell is water vapor or water. Rather, the process used to produce the hydrogen is responsible for the environmental balance of a fuel cell electric car. On the one hand, the chemical element is produced from water by electrolysis. To this end, electricity can come from sustainable renewable or finite fossil fuels. On the other hand, hydrogen can be produced by reforming natural gas. In addition, biomass can also be used as a raw material for hydrogen production through fermentation or gasification.

Information on the tables: The upper table provides an up-to-date market overview of all fuel cell electric cars in series production that are offered for sale in Germany. The table below also lists models that are no longer produced or have expired and that should be on the used car market. The overview of cars with a fuel cell first contains the name of the automobile manufacturer and the name of the model. The information about the engine power and the top speed provide information about the driving performance of the fuel cell electric vehicle. The consumption of hydrogen is listed in kilograms per 100 kilometres and was determined by the respective manufacturer in a standardised driving cycle, as was the range of the car with a fuel cell. The battery capacity and the tank content provide information about the capacity and the size of the available energy stores and pressure tanks. With the help of the important technical data and the prices in the list, it is possible to compare the available fuel cell electric cars with each other.

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