14 July 2009 23:05 [Source: ICIS news]
NEW YORK (ICIS news)--US automotive giant General Motors (GM) expects industry commercialisation of fuel-cell vehicles after 2018, a company official said on Tuesday.
“When you look at the development of fuel-cell vehicles industry-wide, we are probably within a 10-year journey towards a high-volume commercialisation scale,” Larry Burns, vice president of R&D and strategic planning for GM, said at a New York press conference.
“It looks like 2014 to 2015 is when you’re going to see the next generation of fuel-cell vehicles and begin to see scales in the order of 1,000 to 10,000 vehicles being built,” he added. “Third-generation vehicles could be around 2017-2018.”
GM is currently testing 115 of its Chevy Equinox fuel-cell vehicles worldwide under the company’s Project Driveway programme, Burns said. Under the programme, select costumers can drive the fuel-cell vehicles for two months.
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Fuel for the cars will be provided by hydrogen-filling stations set up by oil and chemical company Shell.
Shell opened its second
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