Recently, a hydrogen fuel station for fuel cell vehicles (FCV) in Sandvika, Norway exploded. The explosion was so big that the nearby cars sprung airbags. The functional force then set up a 500-meter safety radius around this hydrogen fuel station named Uno-X until the fire was controlled. The incident did not cause any significant casualties except for two cases of slight scratching.
Immediately after the incident, Jon Nel company closed indefinitely many other Uno-X hydrogen fuel stations in Norway, Denmark and other countries. At the same time, Toyota and Hyundai announced a temporary suspension of sales of models using hydrogen fuel cell platforms. For customers who have bought these two cars' FCVs in the past few months, it is likely that they will be supported to hire other models for temporary use during the time the cause of the explosion was investigated.
Basically, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles operate by using hydrogen gas compressed in containers and run through fuel cell pieces that integrate oxygen in the air, thereby creating a chemical reaction. electricity and water. Where electricity is used for electric motors and loaded into batteries, water will be discharged, very environmentally friendly.
The cause of the explosion is still unknown, but if it is directly related to hydrogen fuel, it will be a bad turning point for the FCV platform. Currently hydrogen fuel cell cars are not really popular compared to electric or hybrid models. Although it is almost non-polluting, hydrogen fuel cell technology has low energy efficiency, high investment costs and a small amount of fuel charging stations.