GM fuel cell vehicle fleet tops 3 million miles of real-world driving

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 10, 2014

General Motors’ fleet of Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell vehicles has already topped 3 million miles of real-world driving. Some of them have even each accumulated more than 120,000 miles. GM estimates that these vehicles have saved 157,894 gallons of gasoline. The fleet is part of GM’s 119-vehicle Project Driveway program that was launched in 2007, since which over 5,000 drivers have given feedback on the functionality and drivability of fuel cell technology.

Charlie Freese, executive director of GM’s global fuel cell engineering activities, remarked that Hydrogen fuel cell technology is a vital part of the carmaker’s advanced propulsion portfolio, on which they have been making substantial progress.

He noted that GM’s fuel cell vehicles operated through seven full winters and through different environmental conditions – which means that fuel cells can really meet the “demands of real-world drivers.”

In July 2013, GM and Honda disclosed a long-term partnership to co-develop next-generation fuel cell and hydrogen storage systems, targeted at commercialization of the technology by 2020. Both carmakers are collaborating with stakeholders to further advance refueling infrastructure, which is crucial for the viability and consumer acceptance of hydrogen-powered vehicles.

In September 2013, GM and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center (TARDEC) disclosed an expansion of their collaboration for testing automotive fuel cell technology. GM ranked first in total fuel cell patents granted in 2013, as per The Clean Energy Patent Growth Index.

“Hydrogen fuel cell technology is an important part of GM’s advanced propulsion portfolio and we continue to make substantial progress in furthering this technology,” said Charlie Freese, executive director of GM’s global fuel cell engineering activities. “These vehicles have operated through seven full winters and a wide range of environmental conditions, proving that fuel cells can meet the demands of real-world drivers.” [source: GM]

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