Fuel Cell Car of the Future Remains Just That

Sun columnist Jay Hancock takes the wheel of a Chevrolet Equinox that runs on electricity from a hydrogen fuel cell and is surprised by the car's zip and quietness.

Published: 17-Jan-2008

Journalists frothed over General Motors' fuel-cell car. Hydrogen fuel! NASA technology!

The future seemed very close when GM showed off Electrovan - in 1966, only to permanently garage it because nobody could afford it.

Is it any closer now?
I gunned GM's fuel-cell version of the Chevrolet Equinox onto the Jones Falls Expressway. The retrofitted sport utility vehicle is as powerful as you could wish and, lacking pistons, a transmission or even a combustion chamber, quiet as a baby buggy.

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