Now that over a million miles
have been put on the 100+ Chevrolet Equinox
fuel cell vehicles that make up Project Driveway, GM
is changing the focus from individual customer test drives to business fleets. As Green Car Advisor
points out, the shift makes sense, since it's almost a given that fleets will be the first real users of production fuel cell
vehicles. Learning how fleet drivers will use them makes more sense than how easy it will be for Joe V6-pack to make the change to hydrogen cars
. Of course, some fleets (e.g., Disney
) have been participating for a long time.
Project Driveway was started in 2007
and the first keys were handed to customers in early 2008
. Participants were given the hydrogen
SUVs for three months, and were only required to tell GM how the vehicles operated and fit into their lives – fuel and insurance
were paid for. The Equinox
vehicles have a range of about 160 miles.
[Source: Green Car Advisor