Cost of raw materials Precious metals, such as platinum and iridium, are often used as catalysts in fuel cells and in some types of water electrolyzers, meaning that the initial cost of fuel cells (and electrolyzers) can be high. This high cost has dissuaded some from investing in hydrogen fuel cell technology.
Fuel-cell cars can carry enough hydrogen fuel for a range of 300 to 400 miles and their tanks can be refilled as quickly as a standard car's gas tank. Another advantage that hydrogen cars have over battery-powered electric vehicles at the time of writing this article is their greater range.
The DOE has set the ultimate goals for the lifespan of the fuel cell system under realistic operating conditions, of 8,000 hours for light vehicles, 30,000 hours for heavy trucks and 80,000 hours for distributed energy systems. Even with 30,000 operating hours, such a fuel cell is unlikely to last the entire life of the chassis.