GM Promotes Hydrogen Fuel Cell Chevy Equinox in China

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
gm promotes hydrogen fuel cell chevy equinox in china

China’s official news agency Xinhua reports that General Motors has kicked-off their “2009 promotional tour” of China for their Chevrolet Equinox hydrogen fuel cell car. Starting in China’s capital Beijing, GM will send the Equinox across the world’s fourth largest country to drum-up interest for the mid-size crossover SUV that uses the same alt propl as the elusive Chevrolet Sequel. China is no stranger to the technology. Researchers at the Anting Automotive College of Shanghai’s Tongji University developed China’s first working fuel cell car– based on a venerable Santana 2000– in 2003. GM claims that they will introduce several Chevrolet Equinox hydrogen-fuel cell cars to China in the next two years. (NB: that’s “cars” not “models.”) Nobody knows what this alleged car or cars will cost, or where GM may place the necessary hydrogen refuelling stations within the vast reaches of the middle kingdom. (No small point that; the Chevy Equinox needs a fill-up every 200 miles. Or less.) For the foreseeable future, in China at least, GM’s zero emission car of the future will continue to be what comes out of its exhaust pipe: vapor.

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  • John Horner John Horner on Oct 22, 2008

    Meanwhile, GM is hoping for a tax payer funded bailout here in the USA.

  • Maniceightball Maniceightball on Oct 22, 2008

    Yet more nonsense. Hydrogen fuel cells are a parasite on the alternative energy scene -- they're the infeasible frou-frou that just sinks money in an ultimately hopeless project. Anyone who's done any sort of research and understands the 2nd law of thermodynamics can tell you that using hydrogen as an energy carrier is a negative sum game -- and that's all this boils down to. I really hope they divert more of these funds (and their bailout money) to something more pragmatic, especially in a country with as much testbed potential as China.