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Both Toyota And Honda Push Fuel Cell Vehicles And Beg To Differ With Elon Musk And Tesla Motors

Written by on January 14, 2015

The Japanese automakers appear to be on a different technology trajectory than Elon Musk and Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) which sees the future as all-electric. While Tesla is not the only game in town when it comes to EVs, it is the dominant brand — at least in terms of name recognition and fame — in the EV space.

The likes of Nissan Leaf and General Motors with its Chevrolet Volt — and the concept EV with 200-mile range Chevrolet Bolt — are certainly in the same space as Tesla and will pose a challenge to Tesla when the mass production Model 3 comes out from the Tesla stable.

Japanese Prefer FCVs

You could almost think of that as a principle and a generalization in the spirit of ‘gentlemen prefer blondes.’ The Japanese automakers and the Japanese government are giving serious attention to fuel cell vehicles (FCV) that use hydrogen as their fuel.

First Toyota rolled out its FCV named Mirai which will cost around or upwards of $60,000 and the government in Japan is happy to help the auto industry by setting up hydrogen-filling stations.

And now Honda has come out is FCV which it hopes to start selling in March next year. In Japan of course. There are not many places in the world that boast of hydrogen filling stations — in the U.S., Southern California is one of the places that has those filling stations. Southern California will have around 50 of the hydrogen filling stations by 2016 with generous subsidies in the form of tax incentives by the state of California.

Mr. Elon Musk of Tesla Motors remains skeptical about fuel cell vehicle technology calling hydrogen “extremely silly” and urging the traditional big automobile makers gathered in Detroit to go for EVs just as Tesla has gone. Meanwhile, the likes of GM and Ford and others are happy to stay in the background and let Tesla take all the risk and expand the market for EVs. Then, once the market is ready and ripe, they can come in with great products at a competitive price.

Tesla’s battery technology is not secret anymore — and Elon Musk wants other manufacturers to freely utilize Tesla’s patents which is why he had decided to open up Tesla’s patents to competitors. Whether that was meant as a form of payback to society at large or whether Tesla’s calculation is that more companies adopting Tesla’s technology will benefit Tesla eventually — Mr. Musk’s patent opening (and other actions and pronouncements) certainly make a splash in the media.

It probably helps  that Mr. Musk also heads SpaceX which just sent a Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station (ISS).

But the Japanese are a persistent, determined, and resourceful people and if they believe scope for the ‘domestication’ of FCV technology is there, may be they are right. With at least two serious players in the FCV space and two competitors in EVs, Tesla engineers will never complain about life being boring.