In Springfield, Virginia and the Washington D. C. suburbs, postal carrier Bob Sisk delivers mail with the aid of a General Motors HydroGen3 hydrogen vehicle. According to the Associated Press, Sisk, 62 is carrying letters and packages as part of a demonstration project that is aimed at testing the feasibility of hydrogen vehicles and infrastructure.
Sisk is quoted as saying, “People think I was around for the horse-and-buggy days, but I wasn’t.” He goes onto say about the hydrogen vehicle, “It drives like an ordinary car. The vehicle has a range of about 170 miles to 250 miles and a top speed of 99 m.p.h.”
General Motors has already enlisted the help of FedEx to test the HydroGen3 minivan under commercial driving conditions for the past 3 years in Japan. The HydroGen3 has been on the streets of Tokyo collecting data as part of the Japan Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Demonstration Project.
These kinds of demonstration projects are essential in getting hydrogen cars and vehicle before the public eye. This in turn, will both excite interest in hydrogen vehicles and normalize the hydrogen car as part of the basic fabric of the automotive landscape in this and other countries.