London’s hydrogen fuel cell buses will not be in service during this year’s Olympic Games. The reason is because of maintenance problems associated with engineering staff turnover. Confounders and electric vehicle enthusiasts will say that this proves that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles aren’t ready for prime time. However, you and your peers may want to consider hydrogen convergence as a competitive advantage.
What this means is that communities that invest early in hydrogen infrastructure will have a competitive advantage over those that wait. For example, the buses that were deployed during the Vancouver Olympics are still running. So, it’s not really an issue of hydrogen fuel cell technology. It’s really an issue of fully committing to hydrogen convergence doing the ground work needed to achieve sustainability.