Even if auto giant General Motors goes into bankruptcy they still see their future survival tied to hydrogen cars. GM continues to parade its Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell SUV, which made an appearance in Tonawanda, New York recently.
And on May 15, 2009, GM plans to have a ride and drive day for its Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell in Southern California for members of its Project Driveway team. The problem for hydrogen car makers has always been a lack of supporting fueling stations nationwide.
But, according to Daniel O’Connell, GM’s director of fuel cell commercialization, “… the United States already produces enough hydrogen to run 130 million fuel cell cars each year, and that more than half of that hydrogen is used to remove sulfur from gasoline. If that gasoline is no longer needed, the hydrogen would be available to fuel cars and other machines.”
So, in a nutshell, there is no shortage of hydrogen in the U. S. right now. What we need to do it redirect the H2 from the refineries to the fueling stations. Hopefully GM will be around long enough to see this transition happen.