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February 20-22, 200
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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November 16, 2000

General Motors Takes Next StepsToward a Fuel Cell-Powered Vehicle for Commercial Use

General Motors has unveiled new advancements in fuel cell development as it moves closer to putting a fuel cell-powered vehicle on the road in 2002.

Byron McCormick, co-director of GM's Global Alternative Propulsion Center, announced GM has successfully tested its current generation gasoline fuel processor at more than 80 percent efficiency with a breakthrough catalyst system.

The catalyst will be used in the next-generation fuel processor that will be installed in a Chevrolet S-10 pickup that GM plans to demonstrate in early 2002. The processor will be 50 percent lighter, half the size of the previous generation, and capable of starting in less than three minutes, compared to the 12-15 minute start times in previous generations.

In another step toward developing fuel cell systems for commercial use by the end of this year, GM will demonstrate an integrated system with this advanced fuel processor and a fuel cell stack that produces 25 kW. GM selected the 25kW system as a learning platform, which approaches the overall efficiency requirements for automotive use.

"Make no mistake about it, we are on the path to commercialization of fuel cells," McCormick said. "But we must continue to develop the technologies. We need less costly materials that still meet the durability and the standards that customers demand. And we need a reliable and safe fuel infrastructure that will make hydrogen as readily available as gasoline is today."


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