A General Motors revelou ontem planos para o chamado “Project Driveway“, uma pesquisa de campo no mercado, que irá colocar 100 carros movidos a hidrogênio, com células de combustível na mão de consumidores da empresa por todo o EUA. Várias pessoas, com perfis variados serão escolhidas para participar… nos estados da Califórnia, Nova York e Washington DC. E com entrega dos carros por volta de setembro de 2007.
Todos os carros são baseados no crossover Chevrolet Equinox, e que, além do sistema de motor um pouco diferente, tem todos os outros detalhes normais, como no modelo de produção.
O hidrogênio é um desenvolvimento significante no ramo automotivo, pois as únicas emissões no meio ambiente são água pura e mais nada nada.
Um problema já identificado é o uso de carros assim em lugares muito frios, pois o conteúdo do escapamento pode congelar. Mas mesmo assim a Chevrolet diz que o Equinox irá trabalhar normalmente em lugares frios.
O desenvolvimento e montagem dos carros está sendo feito em três fábricas da GM em Ontário, Canadá. Melhor que eles funcionem mesmo, ou senão nem sairão da fábrica, rs.
[Fonte: GM via AutoblogGreen]
Chevrolet To Launch World’s Largest Fuel Cell Vehicle Fleet
More Than 100 to Debut in 2007 in First Meaningful Market Test of Fuel Cell Vehicles
SAN DIEGO – General Motors committed to building the world’s largest fuel cell vehicle fleet today by announcing its next-generation fuel cell vehicle – the Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell.
GM will build more than 100 Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell vehicles and will begin placing them with customers in the fall of 2007, as part of a comprehensive deployment plan dubbed “Project Driveway.” Designed to gain comprehensive learnings on all aspects of the customer experience, Project Driveway constitutes the first meaningful market test of fuel cell vehicles anywhere. A variety of drivers – in differing driving environments – will operate these vehicles and refuel with hydrogen in three geographic areas: California, the New York metropolitan area and Washington D.C.
“General Motors is demonstrating its commitment to hydrogen fuel cells as the answer for taking the automobile out of the environmental debate and reducing our dependence on petroleum,” said Larry Burns, GM vice president, research & development and strategic planning. “The Equinox Fuel Cell is powered by GM’s most advanced fuel cell propulsion system to date, and demonstrates an important milestone on our pathway to automotive-competitive fuel cell propulsion technology development.”
Enabled by GM’s fourth-generation fuel cell propulsion system, the Equinox Fuel Cell is a fully-functional crossover vehicle, engineered for 50,000 miles of life. Importantly, the Equinox Fuel Cell is able to start and operate in sub-freezing temperatures during its 50,000-mile life. It is expected to meet all applicable 2007 U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, and is equipped with a long list of standard safety features including driver and passenger frontal air bags and roof rail side-impact air bags; anti-lock braking system (ABS); StabiliTrak stability enhancement technology and OnStar, while providing all of the environmental benefits of hydrogen fuel cell technology.
“The Equinox Fuel Cell is a real-world vehicle with real-world performance,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. “The fuel cell technology is seamlessly integrated into a uniquely styled crossover vehicle that is distinctively Chevrolet. The Equinox Fuel Cell joins Chevrolet’s family of advanced gas-saving and alternative fuel vehicles.”
The Project Driveway market test will provide comprehensive insight into all aspects of the customer experience, including reaction to the exciting, smooth and quiet performance of a fuel cell vehicle, and refueling with clean hydrogen gas. “These learnings will directly influence future fuel cell vehicle generations and ultimate market acceptance,” Peper said. “With Chevrolet being GM’s global volume brand, it makes sense that Chevy will lead GM’s fuel cell vehicle commercialization charge.”
About General Motors Corporation
General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world’s largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader for 75 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 327,000 people around the world. With global headquarters in Detroit, GM manufactures its cars and trucks in 33 countries. In 2005, 9.17 million GM cars and trucks were sold globally under the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, HUMMER, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn and Vauxhall. GM operates one of the world’s leading finance companies, GMAC Financial Services, which offers automotive, residential and commercial financing and insurance. GM’s OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. More information on GM can be found at www.gm.com.