EPA Tests Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle under Real World Conditions

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen L. Johnson on Sept. 12 showcased the fourth generation of Chevrolet's Equinox Fuel Cell Car, the newest addition to the agency's vehicle fleet.

"EPA is turning the key on an engine of change, by turning fleet emissions from CO2 to H2O," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "EPA supports new technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells that are good for our environment and good for our economy."

The vehicle is an electric car enabled by General Motors' advanced fuel cell propulsion system and is tested and engineered for 50,000 miles of driving life. With hydrogen as its only fuel, this vehicle emits no greenhouse gases and serves as an alternative to traditional, petroleum-dependent vehicles that emit carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and other air pollutants. Featuring the latest advancements in fuel cell technology, the vehicle can travel up to 150 miles per fill-up and is expected to meet all applicable 2008 federal motor vehicle safety standards.

EPA has a six-month lease on the fuel cell vehicle, made possible with a grant provided by U.S. Department of Energy. Through their cooperation, the agencies hope to demonstrate the viability of fuel cell vehicles.

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