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Driving GM's New Hydrogen Car

The radical thing about Chevy's hydrogen concept car is how normal it feels to drive

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Driving GM's New Hydrogen Car
Chevrolet's Sequel hydrogen-fuel-cell concept, photographed during Spectrum's test drive at Camp Pendleton, California
Photo: John Voelcker

Hybrids are now an accepted part of our vehicle landscape, with electric cars powered by lithium-ion batteries on the horizon. But General Motors and other manufacturers are also looking much further ahead, toward a future where our personal transport—what we might call “a car”—is powered exclusively by hydrogen fuel cells.

GM has spent a decade working on fuel-cell cars, with several concept vehicles along the way: the HydroGen1 of 2000, and the AUTOnomy and HyWire concepts revealed in 2002. The most recent push came five years ago from CEO Rick Wagoner’s challenge to Larry Burns, GM’s global head of research and development: Completely reinvent the automobile for the 21st century, unburdened by any legacy technologies.

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