Fuel Cell vs. Battery Electric Vehicles

2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 Charging


If you want to dive into the world of greener automotive technology, there’s no shortage of great options at Humble Hyundai. And while the hybrid market is still popular with Houston drivers, there are two completely gas-free designs on the market today: the fuel cell and battery electric. Learn the differences between battery electric vehicles vs. fuel cell electric vehicles at Humble Hyundai, and schedule your test drive in Humble today!



What is a Fuel Cell Vehicle?

When comparing battery electric vs. fuel cell models, fuel cell vehicles are far less common. The fuel cell vehicle powers its electric motor with hydrogen. Hydrogen energy the fuel cell, breaking into electrons and protons, and they generate electricity in the process. Oxygen combines with hydrogen ions, and the only emission is water.

  • Pros: Lighter and more compact vehicles, fast refueling, greater energy storage efficiency
  • Cons: More difficult to store and produce hydrogen, more expensive models, more difficult to find

What is a Battery Electric Vehicle?

The battery electric vehicle has become more and more popular around Conroe, and you’ll find the Kona and IONIQ 5 as you travel through The Woodlands. Battery EV models have an onboard battery pack, which converts chemical energy to electrical energy. This allows drivers to navigate with no emissions at all, avoiding the need for gasoline completely.

  • Pros: More variety than fuel cell vehicles, growing infrastructure for EV charging stations, lower starting cost, and potential for tax incentives.
  • Cons: Less energy density than gas or fuel cell technology, the vehicle must be recharged at public stations, or the driver must install a home charging port.

Hyundai Battery Electric vs. Fuel Cell

As always, Hyundai is at the forefront of automotive technology. The current Hyundai fuel cell EV is the Hyundai Nexo, while the battery EV options include the IONIQ 5 and Kona.

  • Hyundai Nexo: The world’s first hydrogen-powered SUV, the Hyundai Nexo has an EPA-estimated 380 miles of range with a refueling time of just five minutes!
  • Hyundai IONIQ 5: The Hyundai IONIQ 5 offers an EPA-estimated 303 miles of all-electric travel, and this smart EV is the winner of the 2022 World Car Awards “World Car of the Year.”
  • Hyundai Kona: The all-electric Hyundai Kona SUV is versatile and stylish with an EPA-estimated 258-mile range, along with high-tech features such as Hyundai Digital Key and wireless charging available.

Take the Next Step at Humble Hyundai

Want to find out more about your eco-friendly driving options at Humble Hyundai? Explore our new electric inventory and get more electric vehicle information. And when you’re ready for that test drive, stop by our showroom in Humble to get behind the wheel!


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