Our New Hydrogen Bomb

Times columnist test drives GM Hy-Wire fuel cell prototype.

Published: 21-Feb-2003

ONG>By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF

MESA, Ariz.

To understand how we might bolster our national security aside from invading Iraq, I'm on a General Motors test track here in Arizona, driving the coolest car you've never seen.

It's called Hy-wire, and it's a one-of-a-kind prototype: a four-door sedan fueled by hydrogen, capable of speeds of 100 miles an hour, whisper-quiet, and emitting no pollution at all — only water vapor as exhaust. It looks like a spaceship, with glass all around and no pedals or steering wheel.

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