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GM Looking to Commercialize Fuel Cells by 2015

Big technology gains could put hydrogen power back on map.

by on Sep.24, 2009

Actor Bo Bridges tries out a hydrogen-powered Chevrolet Equinox. The latest GM fuel cell "stack" is lighter, smaller and far less expensive.

Actor Bo Bridges tries out a hydrogen-powered Chevrolet Equinox. The latest GM fuel cell "stack" is lighter, smaller and far less expensive.

Fuel cells.  Remember them?

It wasn’t all that long ago that the headlines were filled with talk about hydrogen-based technology as the answer to the auto industry’s environmental problems.  Over the last year or so, there’s been a shift to battery-powered drivetrain systems.  But a numerous of technical improvements could put the fuel cell back in the running as the powertrain of choice for tomorrow’s automobile.

With Daimler AG promising to put the hydrogen-powered F-Cell into production, in the coming months, General Motors is hinting it could commercialize its own fuel cell technology as early as 2015.  That’s a bit later than the troubled automaker once promised, but the news runs counter to those who expected GM to abandon its hydrogen program entirely in order to focus on battery-based vehicles, such as the Chevrolet Volt.

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A release from General Motors hints at some of the reasons for its optimism – though TheDetroitBureau.com recently had a chance to see the new, 5th-generation GM fuel cell technology up close, where some additional details were disclosed.

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