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Project Driveway Continues and Hits 1 Million Mile Mark

On August 4, 2009 I asked out loud whether or not General Motor’s Project Driveway would survive regarding the 2nd largest automaker’s bankruptcy woes. I wondered this first because many times when a company is in financial trouble, future R&D programs without an immediate payoff get cut.

But, the recent signs have been positive for Project Driveway to continue. First, the Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell has hit the 1 million mile mark over the past 25 months. GM claims that over 5,000 people have driven over 100 hydrogen SUV’s during this time period.

In fact, some people are starting to see hydrogen cars as mainstream instead of futuristic vehicles. According to BusinessWeek the first fuel cell test driver ever ran out of gas, “Test driver Laurie DeRoller learned that the hard way, stalling out five miles (eight kilometers) short of the filling station in Honeoye Falls during a weekend test drive in May. GM sent a flatbed to take it away.” Running out of gas in a fuel cell car – what can be more mainstream than this besides getting a speeding ticket?

There is another positive sign that the Project Driveway program is still alive and kicking and this is the announcement of new drivers for the vehicle. At the beginning of the summer, when bankruptcy was in full swing, little activity was taking place with placing drivers in the Equinox Fuel Cell.

Now, however, new drivers have been announced who live in North Hollywood, Porter Ranch and Los Angeles, CA. On the East Coast, drivers in New York City and Dobbs Ferry have been announced. Near and in Washington DC drivers in Arlington, Oakton and Fairfax, VA have been announced along with one driver in DC.

So, once again GM is making noise with their Project Driveway program. At this point it is looking more like this hydrogen fuel cell endeavor will continue. And will any luck and some very hard work, GM will make the 2015 deadline that many other hydrogen car makers are shooting for in regard to rolling out limited production vehicles for sale.

About Hydro Kevin Kantola

Hydro Kevin Kantola
I'm a hydrogen car blogger, editor and publisher interested in documenting the history and the progression of hydrogen cars, vehicles and infrastructure worldwide.

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2 comments

  1. Hey Kevin,
    I’ve been recovering from a serious brain injury for the past 7 years, and as I prepare to return to work (LAfilmIndustry), I want to make my first car to be a Hydrogen FC suv. Do you know if Honda will also produce an suv version of the Clarity? Is there any way I can sign up for the list of candidates for the Chevy Equinox FC? I hear about all sorts of people being awarded a Clarity or Equinox but I want one too. I’m an ArtCenterCollege of Design BS graduate (1990)and am a respected artist/designer in Hollywood and have a strong background in Automotive design, so I feel I could be very useful during the testing period by supplying GMC or whoever else with keen and smart “Critical feedback.”

    Can you guide me to the right people who run these test driver programs at GMC, Honda, Chysler, and any others?

  2. admin

    Hi Jacques,

    There is information on how to sign up for a Chevy Equinox FCV on this page:

    http://www.hydrogencarsnow.com/index.php/hydrogen-cars/free-chevy-equinox-fuel-cell-suv-to-drive-for-2-years/

    As for Honda call them directly to get the phone number or email address in which to sign up.

    Best of luck!

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