General Motors has long been one of the leading automakers in developing hydrogen fuel cell technology. It currently runs a 119-vehicle fleet of hydrogen-powered 2007 Chevrolet Equinoxs, which has accumulated more than 3 million combined miles of real world testing. It doesn’t stop there, though, GM is partnering up with other companies and organizations to further the development of new hydrogen tech.
The Equinox hydrogen test fleet, which GM calls Project Driveway, isn’t only driven in controlled scenarios by engineers. The vehicles were piloted by real consumers, who drove the cars in real-world driving conditions in order to provide feedback on how the cars would work day-to-day. GM says around 5,000 different people have provided feedback on their Equinox test fleet, but it cannot do much else with the project until the hydrogen fueling infrastructure is better.
But just because we don’t have hydrogen pumps at gas stations doesn’t mean the work stops there. GM has partnered up with Honda to develop a next-gen fuel cell system and other hydrogen storage technologies. They have also joined forces with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center to develop more hydrogen fuel cell technology.
GM says hydrogen fuel cell technology is an important component to its portfolio of alternative energy propulsion. They’ve filed the patents the back it up, too, being the number one filer of fuel cell patents in the last 11 years. They also currently lead all companies in total clean energy patents in the U.S.A. for their patents in solar, wind, hybrid/electric vehicles, fuel cells, biomass/biofuels and more.