A comparison of the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emitted from battery-operated vehicles as opposed to those emitted from fuel cell vehicles was conducted by Fraunhofer ISE, as the climate protection goals are an important aspect in the transport industry.
The scope of the study included GHG emissions during manufacture, operation and disposal of the vehicles – the results of which, indicated that fuel cell vehicles were more environmentally friendly, even in the worst case scenarios. The fuel cell vehicles emit less GHG’s than battery operated vehicles, however, they did have a downfall when it came to short distances – “The study also shows that battery and fuel cell vehicles complement each other ideally. For long distances, fuel cell vehicles are more climate-friendly and for short distances battery-powered vehicles. ” Christopher Hebling, Head of Hydrogen Technologies at Fraunhofer ISE.