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Friday, September 11, 2009

The Chevrolet Equinox Hydrogen Cars Are Viable

General Motors is making a public trial (the largest in the world) with 100 units of Chevrolet Equinox fuel cell Cars in the U.S.. More than 80,000 people volunteered, but only 5,000 were able to test them and use them a few days. The fleet has more than 1,609,344 km.

These Equinox have a load of 4.2 kg of compressed hydrogen, which fuels the fuel cell. Autonomy is 270 km, but may increase through regenerative braking. Its air pollution is zero, just throw water vapor. It can fill up in Washington DC, New York and California.
Officials did not expect GM to accumulate as much experience with this experimental technology, and user feedback has been very useful to improve future product and even the development of the Chevrolet Volt / Opel Ampera. The viability of these vehicles is falling out of the question .

The main problem is the lack of supply points, as it refueled in just seven minutes (a pure electric is not that fast recharge). Producing hydrogen at gas stations is easy with solar panels or electricity consumed, besides water.
Most mileage has been done in California, where pollution is a top priority issue. The consumption have saved nearly 190,000 gallons of gasoline and a lot in emissions. Hydrogen has not been 100% generated by renewable, but still.
The fuel cell vehicles are currently the most attractive future technology for sustainable mobility, and was popularized throughout 2020 and beyond on a massive scale (or so they predict). They are more usable than pure electric as it is easier and fast refueling.

Hopefully this time General Motors suffers an attack of intelligence and not do the same with the EV-1 electric car in late 90 which was tested by individuals with excellent results and ended all the engine scrapped or withdrawn at any museum.
Driveway So far the project goes ahead.

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