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. There are dozens of fuel cell buses in use or planned in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Massachusetts, as well as in California.
Fuel cell cells are designed to last the life of the vehicle, between 150,000 and 200,000 miles. At the end of its useful life, the fuel cell will be dismantled and the materials will be recycled, similar to what happens with vehicle components today.
Since hydrogen fuel will play an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change, more and more governments are investing in technology and infrastructure designed to reduce the cost of hydrogen fuel. And if a California Energy Commission study (PDF) is weighty, hydrogen fuel to power fuel cell vehicles could cost about the same price as gasoline in just five years.
Hydrogen fuel cell cars now average between 312 and 380 miles of range, according to the EPA. When it comes to longevity, think of a hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric car the same way you would a conventional gasoline or diesel car.