Silverado Converted to Run on Hydrogen
Mike Levine Posted:
02-22-08 17:11 PT
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getting good 'gas' mileage, South Carolina based Electric Transportation
Engineering Corporation (eTec) has just unveiled a re-engineered 2007
Chevrolet Silverado that can burn hydrogen or unleaded fuel
in its internal combustion engine.
Silverado was built with help from well-known aftermarket tuning house
Roush Industries, using a grant of $175,000 from URS Corporation.
attention has been paid to hydrogen-powered vehicles that use fuel
cells for propulsion, the Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine (HICE)
Silverado operates similarly to a conventional pickup. Its Vortec
6.0-liter V8 has been upgraded to burn the first element on the periodic
table while producing 195-horsepower and 265 foot-pounds of
torque - gasoline power ratings are 300-hp / 360 ft-lbs. It has
a 210-mile (EPA Highway driving schedule) range running on hydrogen.
and powertrain changes include the addition of a Lysholm supercharger,
gaseous fuel injectors designed for use with hydrogen, an OEM electronic
throttle and replacement of the standard spark plugs with custom plugs
designed to operate in the hydrogen fuel environment. The
fuel system includes three 150-liter aluminum lined, carbon-fiber
reinforced storage tanks mounted in the bed to contain the hydrogen
at 350 bar (5,000-psi). The storage tanks provide 10.5-kg (23-lbs)
of usable fuel.
Silverado is similar to the bi-fuel diesel-hydrogen Galpin
Auto Sports Ford F-450 pickup we saw at the SEMA and Los
Angeles Auto Shows. The Galpin F-450's fuel management system
was retrofitted to handle both fuels.
advantage of trucks like the HICE Silverado and Galpin F-450 are hydrogen-powered
vehicles that can still run on readily available fuel while a hydrogen
fuel infrastructure is built out locally and nationally. The eTec
HICE Silverado will act as the 'point-of-the-spear' for the introduction
and development of hydrogen filling stations in South Carolina.
release says the HICE Silverado will be available for purchase but
doesn't provide its expected cost.
Press Release Below:
Transportation Engineering Corporation (eTec), a wholly owned subsidiary
of ECOtality, Inc. (OTC BB: ETLY), a renewable energy company that
acquires and commercially advances clean electric technologies and
applications, and The Center for Hydrogen Research (CHR) today unveiled
the eTec Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine (HICE) Silverado truck
in Aiken, South Carolina. Purchased by the CHR, the eTec HICE Silverado
is the first hydrogen vehicle to be registered in South Carolina and
will be used to publicly demonstrate the viability of using hydrogen
in transportation. To fund this project, the CHR received a $175,000
grant from the Washington Division of URS Corporation (NYSE: URS).
the Center for Hydrogen Research is pioneering a new wave in hydrogen
research and education, we are excited to provide the eTec HICE Silverado
to enhance their hydrogen research capabilities and to further demonstrate
the viability of hydrogen," said Garrett Beauregard, vice president
of engineering, eTec. "The eTec HICE Silverado is one of the first
hydrogen powered vehicles to be currently available for purchase.
While there are still many issues surrounding the production, storage,
and delivery of hydrogen, the work of the CHR and their purchase of
the eTec HICE Silverado demonstrates that hydrogen has the potential
to play a role in solving our country's energy problems."
assistance from project partners Roush Industries and Powertech Labs,
eTec led the conversion of the eTec HICE Silverado to be fueled by
a compressed hydrogen fuel system that produces nearly zero carbon
emissions. Based on the full-size 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD
pickup truck, the vehicle underwent extensive internal modifications
to meet the technical demands and requirements needed to run on a compressed
hydrogen fuel system. eTec’s experienced engineering staff will
provide hands-on training and technical support for the eTec HICE Silverado
that will allow researchers and technicians at CHR to easily understand
the underlying mechanics of the system for future hydrogen research
and testing activities. While eTec currently has several HICE vehicles
in operation in Canada, and has orders for other HICE vehicles for US
customers, the eTec HICE Silverado delivered to the Center for Hydrogen
Research is the first eTec HICE vehicle to be registered and operated
in the United States.
acquisition of the eTec HICE Silverado is a major milestone for the
Center for Hydrogen Research in uniting South Carolina's
national laboratory, research institutes, universities, and private
sector towards the vision of accelerating the development of hydrogen
as a viable alternative energy source," said Fred Humes, director
of the Center for Hydrogen Research. "As South Carolina is quickly
emerging as a national leader in advancing clean technologies, Aiken
County and the Center for Hydrogen Research is quickly becoming a concentrated
center for innovative research, development and commercial advancement
of hydrogen. The eTec HICE Silverado will act as the 'point-of-the-spear'
for the introduction and development of hydrogen infrastructure in the
"For 18 years we have worked with the DOE and community leaders
in this region to leverage the unique and special technologies at Savannah
River Site for the benefit of the local economy,” said E. Preston
Rahe, Jr., president of the Energy & Environment Business Unit,
the Washington Division of URS Corporation. “The eTec HICE Silverado
literally puts us on the road to demonstrating the practical aspects
of hydrogen as a transportation fuel source not only for Aiken County,
South Carolina and Georgia, but for the rest of the country as well."
a wholly owned subsidiary of ECOtality, is a recognized leader in the
research, development and testing of advanced transportation energy
systems and infrastructures. Committed to commercially advancing clean
electric technologies with clear market advantages, eTec manufactures
and provides hydrogen internal combustion engine (HICE) conversions,
battery fast charge equipment and fueling stations for electric and
hydrogen powered vehicles. For more information about eTec, please visit www.etecevs.com.