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GM reveals smaller, lighter, cheaper fuel cell design

03/17/2010, 1:44 AMBY MARK KLEIS

Project Driveway, GM’s current hydrogen fleet project and the world’s largest market test and demonstration of fuel cell electric vehicles, has accumulated 1.3 million miles since it began in 2007. Now, GM has unveiled a new hydrogen cell system that will be even smaller, cost less to produce and obviously weigh less than the current system.

GM has been a strong advocate and leader in fuel cell development for years, and their newest fuel cell system is a full 220 pounds lighter, and it also contains roughly one-third the expensive platinum found in their previous generation Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell electric vehicles involved in Project Driveway.

“Our learning from Project Driveway has been tremendous and these vehicles have been very important to our program,” Charles Freese, executive director of GM’s global fuel cell activities.

GM originally set out with a goal of testing and demonstrating the fuel cell systems in a real world environment for 30 months, and as GM reminds us, the end of the timeline arrived. GM says they will continue to operate the fleet after upgrading them with the newer and more advanced systems.

Freese explained that 119 of the vehicles, after upgrades, will take part in a demonstration program with the U.S. Department of Energy, while others will remain in the hands of outside businesses to show the viable application of fuel cell vehicles in normal use.

GM handed the keys to the first recipient of the new system to Stephanie White, who is a fuel cell advocate that also took part in Project Driveway and regularly blogs about her advocacy for the technology.

“Driving the Chevy fuel cell around LA has been an amazing experience,” White said. “People are always stopping me to ask questions about the vehicle and I tell them how powerful and eco-friendly it is.”



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Sounds like solid progress - maybe if the technology reaches a point of being truly reasonable for mass production and daily use, the gov't would be willing to push for a fueling infrastructure, as well as continued research into better & better production methods, including nuclear & biological production methods that make more sense than electrolysis.

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After driving one I was impressed. Lowering the cost will help but the big issue is where to fill it up.

Until they get more filling stations and high pressure stations to fill them quickly there is little need to worry about buying one.

If the goverment would take a lot of the money they are wasting on these bills they are tring to pass that most people do not want and use some it to put a Hydrogen system in we would solve a large part of our oil issues. It is like the chicken and the egg. No one will invest in filling stations if there are no Hydrogen cars and no one will buy the car if they can not fill it up.

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