Hydrogen Fuel Not Just Hot Air

GM Sequel's fuel cell is fourth generation and runs about $US500 per kilowatt, ten times GM's ultimate target cost.

Published: 18-Jan-2005

LARRY Burns doesn't look like an evangelist. It's impossible to imagine this urbane engineer on street corners in a sandwich board declaring, "The hydrogen economy is coming."

But when he says it, in his quiet and precise tones, he has the power to make converts. To turn faithless rev-heads high on fumes into hydrogen true-believers. To persuade petroholics that water - the only "waste" product of fuel cells - could become their favourite tipple.

The General Motors vice-president for research, development and planning has spent the past few days at the Detroit motor show telling the world press about Sequel, the car giant's new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.

It's a concept that represents the next stage in what GM chairman Rick Wagoner says will be the auto industry's "moon shot": the ambitious goal of replacing petrol as first choice for the global fleet.

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