These Custom Chevy Equinox Models Run on Alternative Fuels

December 30th, 2015 by

In the seemingly eternal quest to escape the use of gasoline, car manufacturers have been experimenting with many different kinds of alternative energy sources, from hydrogen-powered fuel cells and hybrid cars that can charge their batteries just by braking, to bi-gas cars that can run on either natural gas or gasoline.

With all of this innovation, however, no one is really sure what will be the answer to our dependence on gasoline. There is a greater push to develop high-efficiency gas cars, like the amazing new 32 mpg 2016 Chevy Equinox, but few calls for alternative fuel vehicles.

Chevy is in the mood to change that.

Introducing two custom Equinox models, each of which is designed to run on alternative sources of fuel. One, the bi-fuel CNG Equinox, runs on a mixture of natural gas and gasoline, while the Fuel Cell Equinox runs on a hydrogen-powered fuel cell. Each of the Equinox iterations offers a new perspective on powering a vehicle – especially a sporty SUV – that could signal the future for a gas-conscious society.

The Fuel Cell Equinox

So if the main problems with gas usage are expensive fill-ups and harmful emissions, what’s the best solution? In Chevy’s eyes, the answer is simple: eliminate both.

Chevy has done just that with its Fuel Cell Equinox, first released as part of Chevy’s ProjectDriveway in 2007. Along with 119 other vehicles being tested, this fuel-cell Equinox has road tested over three million miles, saving the equivalent of over 150,000 gallons of gasoline through the use of hydrogen fuel.

The hydrogen fuel cell engine on the Equinox model passes uses hydrogen fuel – the most plentiful substance in the universe – and combines it with oxygen through an electrochemical catalyst to generate electricity. This powers the motor while producing clean water as its only bi-product.

The Bi-Fuel CNG Equinox

This custom-built marvel of fuel efficiency is perhaps one of the biggest breakthroughs in the natural-gas-powered vehicle market. The CNG Equinox, based on the 2013 Equinox model, was introduced by AGA Systems, LLC and Nat G CNG Solutions, two natural-gas technology developers who partnered with Silver Eagle Distributing in Houston, TX to produce a fleet of clean natural gas, or CNG, powered cars.

Rated at an impressive 31 mpg, this customization gives the 2013 and 2014 Equinox a total highway range of 775 miles for the passenger version and 837 miles for the cargo version. This CNG system is available for addition to any 2013 or 2014 Equinox model through Nat G CNG Solutions. Not only does this vehicle meet strict EPA emissions standards through its use of natural gas, it maximizes efficiency by switching between two different fuel sources.

Looking Toward A Cleaner Future

These impressively efficient Chevy Equinox custom models could represent the future of green technology vehicles. This is impressive technology in an age so focused on conserving fuel, and has piqued everybody’s interest from consumers to the U.S. Army. Hopefully, Chevy will continue to carry out these kind of experiments with their custom models. Even more, we hope to see these amazing vehicles coming to the consumer market soon.

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