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Posted by lkgeo1 on September 18, 2006, 11:44 am

Chevrolet To Launch World's Largest Fuel Cell Vehicle Fleet
 18 settembre 2006

GM will build more than 100 Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell vehicles and
will begin placing them with customers in the fall of 2007, as part of
a comprehensive deployment plan dubbed "Project Driveway." Designed
to gain comprehensive learnings on all aspects of the customer
experience, Project Driveway constitutes the first meaningful market
test of fuel cell vehicles anywhere. A variety of drivers - in
differing driving environments - will operate these vehicles and
refuel with hydrogen in three geographic areas: California, the New
York metropolitan area and Washington D.C.

"General Motors is demonstrating its commitment to hydrogen fuel
cells as the answer for taking the automobile out of the environmental
debate and reducing our dependence on petroleum," said Larry Burns, GM
vice president, research & development and strategic planning. "The
Equinox Fuel Cell is powered by GM's most advanced fuel cell
propulsion system to date, and
demonstrates an important milestone on our pathway to
automotive-competitive fuel cell propulsion technology development."

Enabled by GM's fourth-generation fuel cell propulsion system, the
Equinox Fuel Cell is a fully-functional crossover vehicle, engineered
for 50,000 miles of life. Importantly, the Equinox Fuel Cell is able to
start and operate in sub-freezing temperatures during its 50,000-mile
life. It is expected to meet all applicable 2007 U.S. Federal Motor
Vehicle Safety Standards, and is equipped with a long list of standard
safety features including driver and passenger frontal air bags and
roof rail side-impact air bags; anti-lock braking system (ABS);
StabiliTrak stability enhancement technology and OnStar, while
providing all of the environmental benefits of hydrogen fuel cell

"The Equinox Fuel Cell is a real-world vehicle with real-world
performance," said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. "The fuel
cell technology is seamlessly integrated into a uniquely styled
crossover vehicle that is distinctively Chevrolet. The Equinox Fuel
Cell joins Chevrolet's family of advanced gas-saving and alternative
fuel vehicles."

The Project Driveway market test will provide comprehensive insight
into all aspects of the customer experience, including reaction to the
exciting, smooth and quiet performance of a fuel cell vehicle, and
refueling with clean hydrogen gas. "These learnings will directly
influence future fuel cell vehicle generations and ultimate market
acceptance," Peper said. "With Chevrolet being GM's global volume
brand, it makes sense that Chevy will lead GM's fuel cell vehicle
commercialization charge."

Posted by Eeyore on September 18, 2006, 1:24 pm

lkgeo1 wrote:

Dear God !

Who's going to subsidise the cost of the hydrogen ?


Posted by lkgeo1 on September 18, 2006, 1:24 pm

Eeyore wrote:

Posted by Joules Beech on September 18, 2006, 4:52 pm

lkgeo1 wrote:

Kiss my methane producer....


Posted by lkgeo1 on September 18, 2006, 8:40 pm

Joules Beech wrote:

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