where should india place its bets: solar or fuel cell.
or should we be looking at leapfrog by supporting the infra for self-driving cars of whatever power train, so that we up front reduce the number of cars bought by individuals? already ola and uber are making personal cars somewhat redundant at least in bangalore.
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Auto power play: Japan's hydrogen car vs China's battery driveWed Oct 28, 2015 2:39am EDTNORIHIKO SHIROUZU AND PAUL LIENERT
Asia's two autos powerhouses, Japan and China, are jostling for supremacy in how future electric cars should generate their power – from batteries or hydrogen-powered fuel-cells.
In a potentially high-stakes clash reminiscent of Sony versus Panasonic in the Beta-VHS video war in the 1980s, the winner could enjoy years of domination if their technology is adopted as a global standard by other manufacturers.
This time, though, there should be a place in the autos market for both electric battery and hydrogen fuel-cell cars. The key question is which will power more mainstream cars – the market dominated today by the likes of Toyota, General Motors and Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE).
"We're reaching a crossroads," says James Chao, Shanghai-based Asia-Pacific managing director for industry consultant IHS Automotive. "It's difficult to exaggerate the significance of the choice between batteries and hydrogen.
"Billions of dollars will be invested in one or the other and may determine which companies will lead the industry through the end of this century."