GM’s Chevy Sequel has become the first electrically-driven fuel-cell vehicle to achieve 300 miles on one tank of hydrogen, in and out of traffic on public roads.
The 300-mile drive through the state of New York began at General Motors’ Fuel Cell Activity Center in Honeoye Falls. The hydrogen used to fuel the Sequel was produced at Niagara Falls from hydropower.
The Sequel was introduced in 2005 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and the first drivable version appeared last fall. (Earlier post.) The Sequel is the first vehicle in the world to successfully integrate a hydrogen fuel-cell propulsion system with a broad menu of advanced technologies such as steer-and brake-by-wire controls, wheel hub motors, lithium-ion batteries and a lightweight aluminum structure.
Three lightweight, carbon composite tanks store hydrogen at 10,000 psi and carry 8 kg of hydrogen.