2008 Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell Diary – Day Fifteen

Day 15

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

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

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
Drive: Front-wheel
Curb weight: 4431 lbs


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17 City / 24 Hwy

Cargo (Std/Max):

NA / 68.6 cu. ft.