GM Reinvents the car
General Motors reinvents the car with advanced fuel cell concepts
• GM reveals driveable version of world’s most advanced car, the fuel-cell powered Sequel concept.
• Car maker commits to building 100 fuel cell cars to market-test technology
General Motors has revealed a driveable version of the most technologically advanced car ever built, the Sequel.
Sequel was first introduced in 2005 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, US. It is the first vehicle in the world to successfully integrate a hydrogen fuel cell propulsion system with a broad menu of advanced technologies such as steer-and brake-by-wire controls, wheel hub motors, lithium-ion batteries and a light-weight aluminium structure. It uses clean hydrogen as fuel produced by renewable methods, and emits only water vapour.
“General Motors is proving that advanced technology can remove the automobile from the environmental debate and reduce our dependence on petroleum,” said Larry Burns, GM vice president, research & development and strategic planning. “Sequel clearly shows that our vision for the future of the automobile is real and sustainable.”
Meanwhile, the US car maker has also committed to building the world’s largest fuel cell vehicle fleet by announcing its next-generation fuel cell vehicle – the Equinox Fuel Cell.
GM will build more than 100 Chevrolet-branded Equinox Fuel Cell vehicles and will begin placing them with customers in autumn 2007, as part of a comprehensive deployment plan dubbed “Project Driveway”. Designed to gain comprehensive research data on all aspects of the customer experience, Project Driveway constitutes the first meaningful market test of fuel cell vehicles anywhere. A variety of drivers, in differing driving environments, will operate these vehicles and refuel with hydrogen in three geographic areas of the US: California, the New York metropolitan area, and Washington DC.
“The Equinox Fuel Cell is powered by GM’s most advanced fuel cell propulsion system to-date, and demonstrates an important milestone on our pathway to automotive-competitive fuel cell propulsion technology development,” said Burns. “It is a real world vehicle with real world performance,” he continued. “The fuel cell technology is seamlessly integrated into a uniquely-styled crossover vehicle. The Equinox Fuel Cell joins GM’s family of advanced gasoline saving and alternative fuel vehicles.”
The Project Driveway market test will provide comprehensive insight into all aspects of the customer experience, including reaction to the exciting, smooth, and quiet performance of a fuel cell vehicle, and refuelling with clean hydrogen gas. “These learnings will directly influence future fuel cell vehicle generations and ultimate market acceptance,” Burns said.
About General Motors Corporation
General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world’s largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader for 75 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 327,000 people around the world. With global headquarters in Detroit, GM manufactures its cars and trucks in 33 countries. In 2005, 9.17 million GM cars and trucks were sold globally under the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, HUMMER, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn and Vauxhall. GM operates one of the world’s leading finance companies, GMAC Financial Services, which offers automotive, residential and commercial financing and insurance. GM’s OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. More information on GM can be found at www.gm.com.