Thursday, September 28, 2006

Fuel cells go postal

The U.S. Postal Service has unveiled a fuel cell minivan that will be used to deliver mail in Irvine, CA as part of a pilot program. The USPS already has more than 37,000 alternative fuel vehicles in its fleet. The fuel cell vehicle is produced by General Motors and called the GM HydroGen3.

Another test model has been used in the Washington, DC, and so far reports show that the vehicle has performed well and reliably.

Fuel cells use hydrogen and oxygen to make electricity, with the only "emission" being water. I have to say I'm a little surprised that these fuel cells are out and about and being used. Although I still think full-fledged consumer use may be decades away, it's definitely exciting that there are pilot programs like this out there. In fact, GM plans to put out 100 Chevy Equinox fuel cell vehicles in about a year.

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