It’s quite likely that Drew Harwell is drawing on his imagination rather than asking Tesla CEO Elon Musk what he thinks about Toyota’s new hydrogen powered car, but it’s the future so anything goes, right?
Toyota this week officially rolled out what it’s betting will mark “a turning point” in automotive history — a sleek, affordable, eco-friendly “future” car that can drive for 300 miles, takes less than five minutes to charge and comes with three years of free fuel.
It’s everything haters of gas-guzzling car culture could love. And the biggest name in electric cars hates it.
Harwell is talking about Toyota’s Mirai (means ‘future’ in Japanese), a mass market car that runs on hydrogen fuel cells, so it’s even more green than electric cars, which is probably why Musk hates it, though hate is such a strong word. Musk actually said this:
If you’re going to pick an energy source mechanism, hydrogen is an incredibly dumb one to pick. The best-case hydrogen fuel cell doesn’t win against the current-case batteries. It doesn’t make sense, and that will become apparent in the next few years.
Musk isn’t so much on ‘hate‘ as he is on ‘dumb‘ which changes the meaning a bit. So, why is it a dumb idea? And, why do we have to wait a few years to figure that out?