Today, a hydrogen-powered mid-range car needs 1 kg of hydrogen gas under high pressure to travel 110 km. Normally, such a car will have a pressure tank in which 5 kg of hydrogen gas is compressed. This means that the car can travel 550 km on one tank, although in practice this distance will be less, due to energy loss from maintaining compression (this is also why tank capacity diminishes whilst the car is parked). The same car can travel a minimum of 1200 km on 5 kg of hydrogen stored in H2Fuel granules, as hydrogen is not only released from the granules, but the same amount of hydrogen is also released from the water, so that the consumer is provided with 10 kg of hydrogen, without any loss of energy from maintaining compression.
The global infrastructure for tanking up hydrogen gas under high pressure has yet to be established (with one exception) and requires highly specific and costly facilities, as well as an inefficient supply system featuring pressure-proof tank lorries. In view of the safety aspect of high pressure and the danger of explosion, these filling stations will require strict regulation and cannot be realised in residential areas.
Any existing filling station can be used to supply H2Fuel, as no safety aspect is involved, high pressure is not required and supply can be executed using containers transported by lorry; on their return trips, lorries collect containers with spent fuel for regeneration. Drinking water is filtered to produce ultrapure water. This all at a fraction of the cost of constructing a a high-pressure station.
The automotive industry will not comprehensively switch to hydrogen until enough filling stations for consumers exist world-wide. This could take decades, and, until that happens, operators of high-pressure stations will have to continue running this costly system at a loss, which, in turn, will not encourage new construction, thus further increasing the delay. Until then, batteries will be deployed with a footprint equivalent to driving 80,000 km using fossil fuel; over an average lifespan, an electric car goes through two battery packs or a footprint equivalent to driving 160,000 km using fossil fuel.