You know the thought occurred to me as we cruise closer to the 2015 rollout date (that the eight major automakers have pegged for introducing a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle into the commercial marketplace), where are the fuel cell pickup trucks?
My curiosity was further peaked when I read this article about the most recent list of top auto sales in the U. S. For November 2012, the number of light duty trucks slightly edged out the numbers of cars sold. And of the light duty trucks sold, the most popular was the crossover followed by pickup trucks, SUVs and minivans.
And if you look at the top 20 vehicles sold in November 2012, the top two were the Ford F Series PU and the Chevrolet Silverado PU. So, I decided to do a search of my own website for the different types of light duty trucks and sure enough in the past 10 years there have been a significant amount of hydrogen fuel cell prototype crossovers, SUVs and minivans introduced by the major car companies.
So, then I decided to do a different kind of search and start with the history of hydrogen cars from 1807 to 1986 and then navigate forward from there. What I found were 205 hydrogen-powered vehicles of all types (fuel cell and internal combustion engine) shown to the public.
Out of these 205 vehicles, what I found were 4 hydrogen fuel cell pickup trucks. Two of these were experimental vehicles built by Energy Partners and Virginia Tech University.
So, this begs the question as to why would a class of popular selling vehicle such as the pickup truck be neglected (when it comes to fuel cell power) by all of the major automakers?
Now, I’m not a marketing expert but I would think that at least a few of the major automakers would start showing off, at the auto shows, their brand of fuel cell pickup trucks in order to gauge customer interest and acceptance and/or to build a marketplace for such vehicles.
If fuel cell vehicles are to be the path forward as the major car companies and many others believe then what is holding them back?
Well, anyway, that’s my 2 cents. Does this make sense?