Sunday, May 2, 2010

GM sues over totaled hydrogen fuel pump

Robert Snell / The Detroit News

A not-so-funny thing happened to General Motors Co. two years ago when it tried transporting a pricey hydrogen fuel pump from Pennsylvania to California.
The semi crashed, destroying the $850,000 fuel station, which is essential to support hydrogen vehicles that produce no greenhouse gas emissions and require no petroleum.
Now, GM is suing the company hired to haul the pump, Romulus-based hauler CHAT of Michigan Inc., in U.S. District Court and wants $850,000 plus damages, costs and fees.
The crash happened when automakers, including GM, are trying to put more fuel cell vehicles on the road -- an endeavor hamstrung by high costs and a lack of refueling stations nationwide. There are only 68 fueling stations in the country, mostly in California, according to the National Hydrogen Association.
GM sued last week because the company has refused to accept responsibility for the crash and pay for the destroyed fuel pump, according to the lawsuit.
"GM has been trying for two years to recover the cost of the hydrogen refueler that was destroyed in this crash," GM spokesman Alan Adler said. "The incident delayed the rollout of Project Driveway -- the largest demonstration of fuel cell vehicles in the world -- by three to four months."  Read more.

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