Battery or fuel cell? – Forschungszentrum Jülich calculates the costs of infrastructure development and its contribution to climate protection

Posted on Thursday April 5th, 2018

The future of mobility is electric. But it is still unclear what technology will win the race: batteries, which have to be connected to a charging station at regular intervals, or fuel cells, which require hydrogen from filling stations. The costs of the relevant infrastructures depend heavily on the number vehicles. A comparison study by experts from Forschungszentrum Jülich shows that the development of a hydrogen infrastructure is cheaper if several million vehicles or more have to be supplied. Both technologies are necessary, however, in order to make the transformation of the German mobility sector a success.

Contribution to climate protection: Fuel cell vehicles enable the use of surplus electricity from renewable energies and therefore perform better.


Total Infrastructure Costs of Battery-Electric Vehicles (BEV) and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) depending on the number of vehicles


Link to the publication: Comparative Analysis of Infrastructures: Hydrogen Fueling and Electric Charging of Vehicles

Copyright: H2 MOBILITY / Forschungszentrum Jülich, Robinius et al.