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U.S. Army, Pacific, U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. Pacific Air Forces and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, are testing 16 Chevrolet Equinox fuel cell vehicles in Hawaii in an effort to research efficient, clean and renewable energy sources, and reduce the U.S. military’s dependence on petroleum.

U.S. Army, Pacific, is using six fuel cell vehicles, including a mobile generator capable of powering the equivalent of five homes. U.S. Pacific Air Forces is using five vehicles, U.S. Pacific Fleet is using two vehicles and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, is using three vehicles.

Operating these vehicles provides the military with the necessary data and experience to determine future applications for fuel cell technology that could range from fleet vehicles to unmanned vehicles to stationary or back-up power.

General Motors, which operates the world’s largest fuel cell vehicle fleet, views hydrogen fuel cells as an important component of its advanced propulsion portfolio.

Fuel cell vehicles have a range of more than 300 miles and can refuel in as little as three minutes. Their electric motors are twice as efficient as internal combustion engines with 90 percent fewer moving parts.

GM fuel cell vehicle highlights:

  • GM began working on fuel cell technology in the 1960s.
  • The company is currently developing its sixth generation fuel cell vehicle.
  • GM operates more than 115 fuel cell vehicles.
  • GM’s fuel cell vehicles have accumulated 2.4 million miles.
  • GM’s fuel cell vehicles alone have saved nearly 2 million pounds of carbon dioxide.

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