GM Road-Tests Hydrogen Fuel

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2007 11:29 AM CDT
More than 100 Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell electric vehicles will be deployed by General Motors in the streets of Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, DC in the largest market test of fuel cell vehicles...   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – GM is lending vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells to drivers in LA and New York to see if the alternative technology works in the real world, the LA Times reports. In the largest such road test of its kind, GM will loan more than 100 of its expensive Chevy Equinox SUV's to drivers in exchange for feedback.

The technology faces hurdles, including price and the availability of hydrogen fueling stations. But when drivers "understand how easy they are to refuel, I think that will help dissuade a lot of people about the myths that surround hydrogen," said a GM director. Critics aren't so sure and say such vehicles are at least two decades away from widespread use—if they succeed at all.