Icelandic energy companies Nýorka and Vistorka plan to import 30 hydrogen automobiles to Iceland starting next fall, as part of a three-year experimental project.
“We hope that the hydrogen cars will be able to compete with other cars on the market within five to ten years,” CEO of Nýorka Bjarni Bjarnason told Fréttabladid.
“There are a few companies that will buy these cars and keep them in everyday use,” Bjarnason said. He said the first ten cars are scheduled to start running before the end of this year.
The first hydrogen cars that will arrive in Iceland were produced at Daimler-Chrysler and Toyota.
The Daimler-Chrysler cars are equipped with a hydrogen generator that changes hydrogen directly to electricity which powers the cars; the Toyota cars are also run by an internal hydrogen combustion engine.
Currently, hydrogen cars are much more expensive than cars run by petrol, but Bjarnason hopes they can soon be offered at a comparable price to other motor vehicles.
“The technology has developed very quickly and it has gotten a lot of attention and money from car manufacturers. Hopefully this will be one of the solutions to the great environmental problem that we have today,” Bjarnason said.
Nýorka also participated in an experimental project on the operation of three hydrogen buses and hydrogen stations in Reykjavík which ended in January.
“The vehicles proved excellent and the project went very well,” Bjarnason said.