Chevy Fuel Cell Equinox Equals Hydrogen Now

GM's Driveway program will put fuel cell-powered Equinox vehicles in the hands of hundreds of drivers for up to three months at a time for real world evaluations.

Published: 25-Dec-2007

One of the most innovative and remarkable personal transportation power sources seems to be just around the corner. GM is just a few months from giving drivers an array of choices that will prove that patience is indeed a virtue and the rewards are well worth the wait.

I've driven the new Chevy Malibu/Saturn Aura hybrid sedans. Now at dealerships, the cars offer a less-complicated version of mild hybrid technology. I also recently tested the soon-to-be introduced Chevy Tahoe two-mode hybrid. We love our SUVs and this eight-seater offers gas mileage equal to a four-cylinder sedan and a towing capacity of 6,200 pounds. Finally, a better use of hybrid technology; look for my full review in coming weeks.

The most remarkable vehicle and power source I have driven is a fuel cell-powered Chevrolet Equinox. The cell converts hydrogen into electrical power stored in nickel hybrid batteries that powers an electric motor to move the vehicle. It emits nothing more harmful than clear water from the exhaust.


The system operates from the Calor Gas, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or propane that is already on board for cooking. The system will fit comfortably in an aft locker, normally used for a conventional generator.

The Cadillac Provoq fuel cell concept uses GM's E-Flex propulsion system, combining the new fifth-generation fuel cell system and a lithium-ion battery to produce an electrically driven vehicle that uses no petroleum and has no emission other than water.

Powered by a 100 kW electric engine and fuel cell stack, the i-Blue is capable of running more than 370 miles per refueling and achieves a maximum speed of more than 100 miles per hour.


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