Never one to mince words, Tesla Motors CEO and badass supervillain Elon Musk channeled his inner Ralph Gilles to say what he really thinks about hydrogen fuel cells: they are "so bullshit."
Our pals over at Autoblog Green report that Musk's comments came when he was giving a speech to a Tesla service center in Germany. He told the gathered crowd of Tesla enthusiasts that he believes we can't simply wait until we burn all the fossil fuel before we switch to electric vehicles, and that hydrogen fuel cell technology is simply not viable.
Well, in so many words. Here's what he said to the naysayers:
And then they'll say certain technologies like fuel cell, and it's like oh God, fuel cell is so bullshit. The only reason they do fuel cells is... it's like a marketing thing. But the reality is that if you took a fuel cell vehicle, and you take the best case for a fuel cell vehicle in terms of mass and volume required to go a particular range, as well as the cost of the fuel cell system and... if you took the best case of that it doesn't equal the current state of the art in lithium ion batteries.
Putting up a huge hydrogen distribution center is also difficult, and hydrogen is quite a dangerous gas. It's suitable for the upper stage of rockets, but not for cars.
This, coming from a guy who probably knows a thing or two about rockets by now.