Maryland To Lease GM Fuel Cell Vehicle
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In early September Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., announced plans to lease Maryland’s first fuel cell vehicle, a minivan from General Motors Corp. that runs on hydrogen and only emits water vapor.

The state will also pursue securing a hydrogen refueling station and will approach Maryland businesses and universities about building an industrial park in which all the buildings would be powered by hydrogen, Governor Ehrlich said.

“Maryland has the potential to play an important role in the emerging hydrogen economy and today’s announcements show we are off to a good start,” Governor Ehrlich said.  The GM vehicle will be assigned to a state agency and will run a fixed route in Prince George’s County. 

According to Ken Cole, GM vice president of government relations, this collaboration between Maryland and GM is helping to lay the foundation for the early stages of economy driven by hydrogen and not by oil.  “Maryland is taking a significant step forward into the future of clean, sustainable energy by placing a fuel cell vehicle into the state’s fleet,” Cole said.  “This relationship will assist GM in gaining valuable experience and knowledge about hydrogen-powered vehicles.  The citizens of Maryland can be proud of the leadership role their state is taking in exploring the future of transportation.”

The GM minivan seats five and operates very similarly to a conventionally powered vehicle.  GM has been operating a fleet of six fuel cell minivans in Washington, D.C. for more than a year. For more information, visit www.gm.com.

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The proceedings from “Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Vehicles in Your Neighborhood” are available in the October 2004 edition of the Hydrogen Safety Report:www.HydrogenSafety.info.

Thank you to the California Fuel Cell Partnership (www.cafcp.org) for working with the NHA to develop this workshop.  We would also like to thank South Coast Air Quality Management District (www.aqmd.gov)  for hosting the workshop and the U.S. Department of Energy (www.energy.gov) for their sponsorship.. ©2005. All Rights Reserved. A Publication of the National Hydrogen Association.
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