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GM Putting Equinox Fuel Cells in Real World

As many as 100 American drivers, including celebrities, politicians, and everyday drivers, are expected to take delivery of General Motors’ new fuel cell vehicle, announced Troy Clarke, president of GM North America, on Tuesday. The new Equinox FCV will be at the heart of “Project Driveway,” the executive explained at the automaker’s press conference at the 2006 Los Angeles auto show.


The FCV features GM’s fourth-generation fuel cell stack, which can produce up to 93 kW of current, enough to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 12 seconds and push the crossover to a top speed of 100 mph. A new, high-density hydrogen tank stores enough of the lightweight but volatile fuel to deliver 200 miles range. A package of lithium batteries is used to recapture and reuse energy normally lost to braking and coasting, much like a gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle.


Project Driveway will distribute the fleet of Equinox FCVs in three different regions of the U.S. , including metropolitan New York and Washington , D.C. , but fully half will go into service in the Los Angeles area.


GM isn’t alone. Honda officials announced at the L.A. show plans to put 100 of their own, next-generation FCX fuel cell vehicles into field testing, starting in 2008. Fully half of them will operate in California.

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