GM's current (left) and next-generation fuel cells

GM's current (left) and next-generation fuel cells

Burbank, California – General Motors is testing a production-intent hydrogen fuel cell system that can be packaged to the size of a four-cylinder engine and be ready for commercial production in 2015.

The system is half the size, 100 kg lighter and uses about a third of the platinum of the system in the Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell vehicles currently under testing in the company’s Project Driveway initiative.

“Our learning from Project Driveway has been tremendous and these vehicles have been very important to our program,” said Charles Freese, executive director of GM’s global fuel cell activities. “The thirty months we committed to the demonstration are winding down, but we will keep upgrades of these vehicles running and will continue learning from them while we focus efforts on the production-intent program for 2015.”

Some of the 119 fuel cell electric vehicles in Project Driveway will receive upgrades and become part of a technology demonstration program with the U.S. Department of Energy, while others will remain on the road to continue showing that hydrogen fuel cells are a viable alternative to gasoline-powered vehicles.

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