Have General Motors' hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles emitted enough water vapor over the past six-plus years to equal the steam coming out of Old Faithful? Not exactly, but GM has released a few figures related to the Project Driveway initiative it began in 2007. The numbers are impressive, if not quite of the geyser-spouting variety.
General Motors says one of its hydrogen fuel cell Chevrolet Equinox crossovers has driven enough miles to offset more than $18,000 worth of gasoline. Of course, fuel-cell vehicles cost quite a bit more than that to build and hydrogen fuel ain't free, but we'll go along with this. Specifically, GM is commemorating the fact that one of the fuel cell vehicles in its test fleet surpassed 100,000 miles, which the automaker estimates would've otherwise used 5,260 gallons of gas. At $3.50 a pop, that's
Helen Mirren in a fuel cell Equinox – Click above to watch video after the jump
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. O
Chevrolet Equinox - Click above for high-res image gallery
The other day we reported on an interview with General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson published in the Washington Post. While most of the discussion focused on the bailout and bankruptcy, from the perspective of this site, the main items of interest were Henderson's responses to questions relating the to the cost of the Chevy Volt and hydrogen fuel cells. Much has been made of Henderson saying that the Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell used for the Project Driveway program cost 10 times the Volt's approximate
GM HydroGen4 - Click above for high-res image gallery
Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell - click above for high-res gallery
Not that we really expect to hear anything different from GM, but even with the company's most vocal hydrogen proponent Larry Burns set to retire, The General is sticking to the line that it is committed to bringing H2 vehicles to market. Beth Lowery, GM vice president of environment, energy and safety policy, posted to the GM Fastlane a few follow-ups to her recent webchat and directly addressed the hydrogen question:
It's been just over a year since General Motors launched its Project Driveway fuel cell field test program. In the 14 months the program has been putting fuel cell powered Chevy Equinoxes in the hands of regular customers, those drivers have accumulated 500,000 miles on the vehicles. Over 3,400 people have gotten behind the wheel, either as part of the project's two month loans or during drives that are held as part of events around the country. Some of the vehicles are also being used by Disney
Here in the Ann Arbor office of ABG we don't have access to a public hydrogen filling station yet. The only ones around here at the EPA national testing lab, the NextEnergy Center in Detroit and at various automakers facilities. That means that we're not eligible to get one of GM's Project Driveway fuel cell Equinoxes. We've driven it (full disclosure: In my previous life working as an engineer I was involved in developing the brake system on the FC Equinox so I've spent plenty of time in them)
General Motors is announcing a new partnership today with Clean Energy to install a hydrogen filling station near Los Angeles International Airport. Clean Energy is a California-based company that currently operates 170 compressed natural gas filling stations around the country and the new LAX hydrogen station will be on the same site with a CNG station. The new LAX station to be operated by Clean Energy will be available to participants in GM's Project Driveway fuel cell field test program. Acc
General Motor's Project Driveway campaign began late last year and is expected to continue on for a total of three years. A few of the participants have spoken about their experiences with the hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles, and now one of them will be blogging on Popular Mechanics regarding his ongoing experience. Fortunately for Daniel Krach, he lives close enough to a hydrogen fueling station that the hydrogen-powered vehicle's 160 mile range should not pose a problem. He says that he wa
General Motors is planning to start handing over keys to fuel cell powered Equinoxes to customers of their Project Driveway program in just a few weeks' time and, unlike Honda, they don't plan on charging drivers for the privilege. GM is building up to 150 of the hydrogen-fueled crossovers for what is probably the biggest fuel cell vehicle fleet test to date.
This fall GM will be kicking off their Project Driveway program to put fuel cell powered Chevrolet Equinoxes in the hands of customers in various parts of the United States. Right now GM is wrapping up final calibration on the hydrogen fueled crossover and will begin production of 100+ examples within the next few months. The program will initially be available only in the New York City and Washington DC areas and in Southern California, since those areas currently have the greatest number of hy
Amidst the big news last week regarding the Chevy Sequel fuel cell vehicle, General Motors announced they will build the world's largest fuel cell fleet to date. Dubbed Project Driveway, the fleet will be comprised of more than 100 Chevrolet Equinox SUVs converted to run on hydrogen. According to a press release, GM's aim is to "provide comprehensive insight into all aspects of the customer experience." Deployment to GM customers is planned for the fall of 2007 in California, New York and Washin