Seven years after the launch of General Motors’ ambitious “Project Driveway,” a 119-car fleet of Chevrolet Equinox hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles has officially racked up 3 million miles of real-world driving.
While the road to mainstream hydrogen-powered automobiles has taken a backseat to other alternative fuels in recent years, this strong group of Chevrolet hydrogen vehicles shows that this advanced technology still has hope in the market. In fact, General Motors has saved an estimated 157,894 gallons of gasoline due to the seemingly minute fleet.
“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.”
Until the inherent obstacles with hydrogen technology are successfully overcome, this forward-thinking design may be relegated to only a few drivers, but with General Motors’ substantial investment in this alternative fuel solution, perhaps one day soon the world will be driving their very own fuel-cell automobile.