2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-27 05:39
GM and Opel are starting an interesting project. In order to make Hawaii independent of oil imports, the manufacturers there are pushing the operation with fuel cell vehicles.
From 2015 onwards, hydrogen-powered fuel cell cars will be rolling in Hawaii. This is the goal of a joint initiative between GM and the energy supplier "The Gas Company". As part of the "Hawaii Hydrogen Initiative" project, 20 to 25 hydrogen filling stations are to be built to make the island less dependent on oil imports.
Program interesting for other countries
"Hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles are critical to sustainable mobility," said Charles Freese, GM's executive director for all fuel cell activities at the launch of the program in Hawaii.
"If the key factors for a hydrogen infrastructure in Hawaii are successfully tested, this is also a good example in other US states. Germany, Japan and Korea are also building their hydrogen infrastructure. The self-contained program in Hawaii is certainly also for other countries interesting."
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The alternative drive technology is also to be tested further in Germany, with a fleet of hydrogen cars in North Rhine-Westphalia. The federal state recently joined the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP), a lighthouse project for Europe funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport.
"The European development activities for hydrogen vehicles are an important pillar of GM's global strategy. The focus is on technologies for batteries, range extension and fuel cells," says Dr. Thomas Johnen, Director of the European Center for Alternative Drives in Mainz-Kastel.
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