The fuel cell Equinox went away today, and I was left wondering what's next for it, and for GM's fuel cell program. This current fleet of fuel cell vehicles, so-called Generation 4 cars, will continue running around in various test fleets for another three years. The current plan is to start producing Generation 5 vehicles in 2012 or so, and to make those available probably to fleets and possibly in some limited capacity to retail buyers who live near a viable hydrogen infrastructure.
The Equinox fuel cell is GM's latest experimental fuel-cell vehicle, but it's not the first. The company built its first fuel cell vehicle in 1966. Click here to see the Electro-Van.
Of course, GM is not the only company working on hydrogen fuel cell-powered automobiles. Honda and Mercedes-Benz are doing so as well.
To learn more about the Equinox fuel cell, visit www.chevrolet.com/fuelcell/.
Finally, if you live in the New York, Los Angeles, or Washington D.C. area and are interested in signing up for a stint as a fuel cell Equinox test driver, go to www.gongos.com/GP7196/default.asp?chevy=1
Chevrolet Equinox fuel cell
Price: $300,000-$500,000 (estimated)
On sale: N/A
Motor: 3-phase asynchronous electric motor, 94 kW, 230 lb-ft
Curb weight: 4431 lbs