November 14, 2007
New York opens its first hydrogen station in support of Chevrolet’s Project Driveway
White Plains, New York – The state of New York has opened its first hydrogen station to support Chevrolet’s Project Driveway, an effort to move fuel cell technology from the laboratory into driveways. White Plains Mayor Joseph Delfino and Phil Baxley, president of Shell Hydrogen LLC, dedicated the state’s first hydrogen vehicle refuelling facility at the city’s Department of Public Works depot.
The White Plains station is the first of six hydrogen vehicle refuelling stations planned for the U.S., as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Infrastructure Demonstration and Validation Project.
As part of a comprehensive deployment plan named Project Driveway, Chevrolet will supply more than 100 Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell electric compact SUVs to private and commercial customers in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. The customers will test-drive the vehicles for a time frame of between three and 30 months, beginning early next year.
The White Plains facility will manufacture and store 30 kg of gaseous hydrogen from water using CO2-free hydropower, provided by the New York Power Authority. Chevrolet will pay for the fuel that the Project Driveway test drivers will use while documenting their experiences with the vehicles. The city of White Plains was recognized by the Department of Energy as the first “Clean City” in the state of New York, and has been at the forefront in using alternative-fuelled vehicles and increasing the efficiency of its vehicle fleets.