Many automakers are looking at hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to be the next big thing, and by 2015, we may see some on the road. General Motors has passed a milestone with the fuel cell technology, and has topped 100,000 miles of real-world driving, while the test fleet has driven almost 3 million cumulative miles.
In 2007 GM launched Project Driveway, where 119 test vehicles set out to test the real-world capabilities of the hydrogen-powered vehicles. According to GM’s calculations, the fleet has saved almost 158,000 gallons of gas, and looking at current gas prices, these fuel cell vehicles have saved more than $552,631.
The Chevrolet Equinox fuel-cell vehicle was operating as a fleet vehicle at Walt Disney Company’s studio in Burbank before GM engineers used it as an engineering development vehicle.
“The Fuel Cell Equinox is an attention-getter everywhere I go. The people who ask me about it are very enthusiastic about the technology,” said Todd Goldstein, senior project engineer for GM’s Advanced Technology Demonstration Program, in a recent statement. Goldstein routinely drives the Fuel Cell Equinox around Los Angeles and other cities like Santa Clarita, Victorville, and San Diego.
GM isn’t the only automaker to pursue hydrogen fuel cells as an alternative to gasoline. Toyota has plans to introduce a fuel cell vehicle for the 2015 model year. The automaker will start selling the vehicles in California, and is expected to look like the FCV-R concept that debuted at last year’s Detroit Auto Show. With more automakers pushing for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, hydrogen infrastructures can expand. California has only eight stations in use, but as more models are available, as many as 68 stations will be built across the state by 2015 with the goal being at least 100 by 2020.
Source: General Motors