Hydrogen Without All the Hype

LA Times' John O'Dell looks at GM's Hy-Wire fuel cell prototype.

Published: 28-Feb-2003

LOS ANGELES -- The driver looks through a vast, sloped windshield that covers space usually taken up by an engine. There are no dashboard, instrument panel, steering wheel or foot pedals; just a set of adjustable foot rests. All controls are electronic, so that the driver twists a pair of handles to go, moves them to turn and squeezes them to stop.

This, though, is no Hollywood moviemaker's fantasy car.

It's General Motors Corp.'s "Hy-Wire," a hydrogen-fueled, electricity-producing concept car that the company debuted last week in Sacramento, Calif. The car's fuel cell produces 94 kilowatts of power; that's equal to 126 horsepower, about the same as in a Ford Focus. The vehicle, which generates a loud whine when moving, can travel 140 miles before refueling.



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