The 119 fuel cell vehicles included in General Motor’s Project Driveway cumulatively have saved over 157,894 gallons of gasoline. In fact, just one of the higher mileage Chevy Equinox SUVs saved 5,260 gallons of gas by itself.
According to GM, “A hydrogen fuel-cell-powered Chevrolet Equinox has reached 100,000 miles of real world driving. Through way renewable hydrogen, the vehicle has saved 5,260 gallons of gasoline, or $18,000 in fuel at $3.50 a gallon. The car is part of GM’s 119-vehicle Project Driveway Program, which has been running since 2007. The test fleet has accumulated nearly 3 million combined miles, accounting for 157,894 gallons of saved gasoline and $552,631 in avoided fuel cost …
“…According to Clean Energy Patent Growth Index, GM filed more fuel cell patents between 2002 and 2012 than any other automaker. The company is building a new Fuel Cell Development Laboratory in Pontiac, Mich. where the majority of future fuel cell development will take place.”
So, while Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk bags on hydrogen cars (and thinks battery electric vehicles are the cat’s pajamas), the evidence is in that even a small number of FCVs can displace a significant amount of hydrocarbon fuels and we can all breathe a little bit easier.