It's been two years since General Motors embarked on its Project Driveway hydrogen fuel cell test program here in the United States. We're not sure exactly what the automaker would consider a successful demonstration, but the fact that the vehicles will pass the one million mile mark sometime this week could surely be cited as one benchmark that's worth touting.
Those million-plus miles were accumulated by regular people who just so happen to live in the Southern California, New York or Washington, D.C. GM says about 70 families participated in the program and they came from all walks of life.
GM also points to the fact that its hydrogen program directly benefited cars and trucks currently for sale using the automaker's Two-Mode Hybrid drivetrain, which have the same regenerative braking system as the HydroGen 4 Equinox SUVs used in Project Driveway. Plus, lessons learned with the thermal management system employed in the fuel cell vehicles were transferred over to the Volt. So, even if you can't rush to your local Chevy dealership and buy a hydrogen car, the project is having an indirect impact on future cars and trucks that you may drive. That counts for something, right?