Today GM announced that they are moving 500 fuel cell experts out of the laboratory and on to the production front. Their collective work will focus on mass production of the 5th generation hydrogen fuel cell system that was unveiled in the Hydrogen Volt in Shanghai.What this means is that GM is serious about getting these cars on the road. We still want our combustion-linked Volt to come out first, but it wont surprise us if GM becomes the first company to put hydrogen powered cars on U.S. roads.
Indeed the Project Driveway program will allow about 100 U.S. people to drive a Hydrogen Sequel this coming November.
Many people have misgivings and concerns about hydrogen. Right now it costs energy usually in terms of fossil fuel burning to electrolyze water to form the hydrogen in the first place. H2 is really just a storage medium for energy. Also the infrastructure for hydrogen delivery doesn’t exist. Micky Bly had mentioned to us previously though that one could target infrastructure to highly populated areas, thereby allowing most of the population to utilize it, but without requiring an extensive nationwide infrastructure redevelopment.