Making use of the existing filling station network will not radically transform mobility habits. Drivers would go to a gas station to take the energy source on board, just as they do now; the fueling process would be similar to that for familiar fossil energy sources and also take a matter of minutes. Compared to purely battery-driven vehicles, which take around 20–30 minutes to charge at rapid-charging stations, idle times are significantly lower.
This makes hydrogen-powered fuel cells an interesting prospect for certain applications. Wherever time is money, the advantages of the fuel cell come to the fore. In the heavy goods area especially, where operating costs are critical, a fuel cell offers all the benefits of an efficient drive technology. Ultimately, manufacturers will need to make a choice between a solely battery-driven or a fuel-cell-based drive. Given that the manufacturing processes for synthetic fuels have a low efficiency level, these technologies will be reserved for specific applications. Using batteries alone to supply the drive for a truck is less cost-effective than utilizing a fuel cell. Either the battery is large enough to facilitate a long range while recharging frequencies and idle times are minimized for the carrier (in this case, however, the weight of the battery lessens the payload of the truck, meaning the carrier can only convey smaller loads); or the carrier chooses a smaller battery to maximize the available payload, forcing drivers to head for rapid-charging stations frequently, which has an adverse effect on operational time.