FCEV driver perspective: Canada

For long haul and heavy-duty vehicles like trucks, trains and shipping, Mark Cannon is convinced that hydrogen must replace fossil fuel. “We cannot ignore the impact of burning fossil fuels anymore,” he told H2 View. “Only hydrogen has the energy density to make this transition not only possible but economical.”

The co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Canadian innovation company Hydrogen In Motion Inc (H2M) has been the proud owner of a hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV), a Hyundai Nexo, since June 2019. “It’s a much quieter, smoother and cleaner drive compared to a conventional car,” Cannon said. “Performance is very good, with smooth acceleration at any speed and decent handling.”

Cannon owns the car jointly with his partner Grace Quan, co-founder and CEO of H2M. “For six years my partner Grace and I, as part of our commitment to a low carbon lifestyle, did not have a personal vehicle, and instead used public transit, car sharing services and car rental only when necessary,” he said.

“In 2019 we took in Grace’s mother to give her personalised home care as she was approaching 90 yrs old and had mobility challenges. At that point we decided to purchase a vehicle and while we initially looked at a Hyundai electric vehicle, as owners of a hydrogen company and with the support of the President of Hyundai Motors Canada, we were able to obtain Hyundai’s hydrogen vehicle, the Nexo.”

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