Last year, General Motors' chief executive officer Dan Akerson says the Toyota Prius is a geekmobile he "wouldn't be caught dead in." That comment caught a bit of fire, and his latest – that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles won't be practical until at least 2020 – will likely do the same.
In an interview with CNN, Akerson stated GM will keep studying fuel cell technology. However, he admitted that:
We're looking at hydrogen fuel cells, which have no carbon emissions, zero. They're very expensive now, but we've, just in the last two years, reduced the price of that technology by $100,000. The car is still too expensive and probably won't be practical until the 2020-plus period, I don't know. And then there's the issue of infrastructure.
Back in 2009, The General announced its next-generation fuel cell system will be half the size and 220 pounds lighter than the dated unit it will replace. At that time, GM claimed fuel cell vehicles could be "commercialized" by 2015 and cost competitive by 2022.

It was way back in 2002 when GM stated it was "possible" that hundreds of thousands of fuel cell vehicles could be on the roads by 2010. In 2006, GM revised its estimate for 2010, saying it would manufacture 1,000 fuel cell vehicles by that year. GM failed to hit that mark, which makes us wonder how accurate Akerson's 2020-plus prediction will end up being.

[Source: Detroit News]

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