Charlie Freese, GM’s current fuel cell chief, says the automaker, in partnership with Honda, is on track to produce a small, very efficient -- in terms of cost and power -- fuel cell by 2020.
So far the experience consumers are having with their fuel cell vehicles has been positive. Hyundai spokesman Derek Joyce said the most common feedback from Tucson fuel cell drivers is that the vehicle feels normal, just like a regular utility vehicle. It can go about 265 miles on a single tank of gaseous hydrogen.
The Honda Clarity is projected to go about 300 miles on a tank. And it is easier than ever to find fuel.
FirstElement Fuel Inc., working with the state of California and Honda and Toyota, is building a fuel cell infrastructure that eventually will cover all of California’s needs. The company says it will have 19 stations open by year end.
As fuel cell vehicles prove their reliability, other states are likely to follow California’s lead, especially those 13 states that have adopted California’s clear air standards.