Toyota is not the only major automaker getting its house in order as it prepares for hydrogen-powered vehicles. Rival GM is working on its own hydrogen deployment, going over to Hawaii in what will be a hydrogen infrastructure pilot in collaboration with that state’s major gas energy provider The Gas Company (TGC).
GM said it is very interested in methodology TGC has developed in which it “produces hydrogen along with synthetic natural gas and delivers it in its utility gas stream,” allowing it through a “proprietary separation process” to “tap into its 1,000-mile utility pipeline system at key locations and separate the hydrogen for use by local fueling stations for fuel cell vehicles.” This type of detailed infrastructure is exactly what GM believes could spell success for widespread hydrogen fuel cell vehicle ownership.
“This is the type of enabler that a hydrogen transportation infrastructure needs because it addresses both the source of the hydrogen and a feasible way to deliver it for fuel cell vehicle use,” said Charles Freese, executive director of GM Global Fuel Cell Activities, in a statement. “The Hawaii infrastructure could eventually support tens of thousands of fuel cell vehicles.
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