48 percent of Germans believe in hydrogen


According to a recent international representative survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of the Hydrogen Business for Climate forum, hydrogen-powered automobiles are the future of mobility and transportation for a large number of citizens in Germany, France, Austria, and Switzerland – almost every second in Germany.

People in Germany, France, Austria, and Switzerland believe hydrogen-powered automobiles are the future of mobility and transportation in huge numbers.

This is the outcome of an international representative poll conducted in these countries on behalf of the Hydrogen Business for Climate forum by the market research firm YouGov.

Additional study findings for Germany are as follows:

Almost every second German believes that hydrogen-powered automobiles will be used for transportation in the future.

In Germany, men are more optimistic about hydrogen as a potential energy source than women.

Young Germans, in particular, are well-versed in the production of hydrogen.

From a regional standpoint, people in Bremen, Thuringia, and Bavaria are particularly knowledgeable about hydrogen as an alternative kind of energy.

Since COVID, young Germans, in particular, have become more interested in alternative energy sources.

Hydrogen is viewed as the future mobility and transportation fuel by 48% of Germans.

According to a YouGov online poll, 48 percent of German respondents believe hydrogen-powered automobiles would be used for mobility and transit in the future. Almost every second, to be precise. Men are more convinced than women: 57 percent of men surveyed say yes to hydrogen as the future of mobility, compared to 39 percent of women. Mobility based on hydrogen is particularly appealing to the young: 54 percent of 18-24-year-old Germans and 46 percent of 25-34-year-olds believe in hydrogen mobility. Older people, on the other hand, are pessimistic: only 29% of those over 55 believe hydrogen has a future.

Austria and Switzerland have even higher approval ratings than Germany and France.

The Austrians have the most support for hydrogen as a future energy source for mobility, with 56 percent, closely followed by the Swiss, who have 55 percent.

In France, there is a trend reversal towards hydrogen: 44% of those polled regard hydrogen as the future of mobility.

Bremen, Rhineland-Palatinate Hydrogen is quite important in Palatinate and Bavaria.

If you look at individual regions in Germany, the inhabitants of Bremen, with 69 percent, are the most optimistic about hydrogen mobility, followed by Rhineland-Palatinate and Bavaria, with 57 and 54 percent, respectively. In Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein, proponents of hydrogen mobility are below 40%, with 39 and 31 percent, respectively.

Do you know where you may obtain hydrogen? In Germany, the response differs based on gender and age.

In Germany, hydrogen as a source of energy for mobility is widely acknowledged. Another finding of the poll is that people’s understanding of various production choices differs greatly:

When asked if they know at least one or more techniques to produce hydrogen, two out of every three respondents in Germany said yes, accounting for 36%. Men have a higher level of knowledge than women, with 48 percent knowing how to make hydrogen compared to only 24 percent of women. Younger Germans had a higher level of hydrogen knowledge: 54 percent of 18-24 year olds claim they know how to get hydrogen, compared to 46 percent of 25-34 year olds. Only 29% of individuals over the age of 55, on the other hand, are knowledgeable.

Bremen, Thuringia, and Bavaria residents are well-versed on hydrogen.

When you look at the individual federal states’ levels of knowledge in hydrogen production, you can see that knowledge breeds conviction: Bremen has the highest level of hydrogen knowledge, with 58 percent, followed by Thuringia with 44 percent and Bavaria with 43 percent. Bremen and Bavaria are also leaders in the hydrogen movement.

Less than 30% of people in the following federal states say they know how to make hydrogen: Schleswig-Holstein (27%), Saxony (25%), and Saarland (20%).

Young Austrians are very knowledgeable about hydrogen production; the most knowledgeable are from Styria.

In Austria, 42 percent of men and 34 percent of women are aware of how hydrogen is produced. The level of awareness is particularly high among younger age groups, as it is in Germany: 54 percent of 18-24 year olds say yes to this question. It’s 48% among people aged 25 to 44. It is still 35% for individuals over 55 years of age.

43% of Swiss people say they understand how hydrogen is made.

43% of Swiss people say they understand how hydrogen is made. Again, the proportion of males who employ this information is large, at 54 percent; only 33 percent of women do so. In comparison to Germany and Austria, awareness is significantly higher among young Swiss between the ages of 18 and 24, at 68 percent, compared to only 32 percent among those over 55.

As the survey demonstrates, there is still work to be done in the field of education in France: Sixty-three percent of those polled indicated they had no idea how hydrogen is made.

COVID has not sparked a major surge in interest in alternative energy in Germany, but it has sparked interest in other countries.

During the pandemic, many people reconsidered their lives. The issue of sustainability has become more prominent. In light of this, the YouGov poll also asked: Has your interest in renewable energy increased as a result of the Corona crisis?

For the Germans, the answer is a resounding no. Only 27% say that since Corona, they’ve been more interested in renewable energy.

Since COVID, Germans, particularly young people, have become more interested in alternative energy sources.

Interest among 18-24 year-olds has increased above average to 35%, while interest among over 55-year-olds has decreased to 23%.

When it comes to federal states, Bremen leads out with 51% of respondents showing an increased interest, followed by Thuringia (31%), Hesse (29%), and Saxony (14%) at the bottom.

Since COVID, 50% of young Austrians have been more interested in alternative energies; Austrians over 55 have also become more interested.

The figures are higher in Austria. Renewable energy sources piqued the curiosity of 47 percent of those polled. This figure is considerably higher for 18-24 year olds, at 50%, and for those over 55, at 48%, indicating a much higher level of interest than, say, Germans of the same age.

After COVID, the Swiss are more interested in alternative energy than they were previously.

Since Corona, the Swiss have shown a greater interest in alternative energy than the Germans, but not as much as the Austrians. The statistics from Switzerland demonstrates this: 39% of those polled said their interest has grown since Corona. The 18-24 year olds account for 43% of the total. Over the age of 55, 39% of persons report that they are more interested.

Without the COVID effect, France

When it comes to interest in alternative energies, there was no COVID effect in France: 55 percent of those polled stated they were no longer interested in green energy, compared to 42 percent among young French people.

“Information and exchange are everything,” says Marc Becker, President of the Pôle Véhicule du Futur. “Our was clearly mentioned in this poll so that people may learn more about hydrogen and appreciate its potential.” Another result is that the European public views hydrogen as a viable and promising mobility and transportation choice. We want to disseminate information transnationally, shed light on the hydrogen markets, and initiate international projects for this exciting and promising alternative form of energy with our event, Forum Hydrogen Business for Climate, which will take place from September 29 to September 30, 2021 in Belfort as a face-to-face event.

Arnes Biogradlija
Creative Content Director at EnergyNews.Biz

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