In the year 2015 General Motors has stated that it plans to rollout several thousand fuel cell vehicles to showrooms in several different countries. Today, GM is taking a step in that direction.
General Motors is now working on their next generation of fuel cell based upon the current HydroGen4 model. GM hopes to produce this fuel cell with less than 30g of platinum (combining it with nickel alloy nanoparticles), slash the costs of producing the expensive component by 75-percent and triple its lifetime.
Project Driveway is still in progress (and can be found on Facebook) where GM allows drivers to “borrow” one of their 100 FCVs for a couple months to try them out and provide real life data to the engineers.
According to GM’s Dr Rittmar von Helmolt, “The best method is to bring the technology together with an existing model so that we don’t have to develop the auto as well and we can produce it on the same production line as ordinary autos.”
One aspect that GM also has to work on is the range of the vehicle. Right now the Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell has a range of around 200 miles. With Toyota and Hyundai SUV FCV’s having a range of 400 – 500 miles, General Motors will need to up the overall range of the vehicle to be competitive in the marketplace.
But once they do this and by bringing down the cost of the fuel cell, extending its lifetime and using a familiar assembly line process to produce the vehicles, GM will be for the 2015 rollout of the hydrogen auto revolution that will disrupt our lives, our economy and our environment in a good way.