Reuters reports that General Motors is about eight years away from workable, volume-produced fuel-cell vehicles. The figure to have a prototype vehicle ready by 2010, with production beginning in two to three years afterward. According to Matthew Fronk, GM's chief engineer of fuel cell systems, "We need to solve issues in performance, cost and durability. We have to see all these (solved) before we can pull the trigger and start commercial production." Let's just hope for GM's sake that "pulling the trigger" doesn't end up meaning what it does when the topic of conversation is a lame horse.
GM, Toyota Reportedly in Talks on Fuel-Cell Venture [Internal]