General Motors is actively working on fuel cells with the intent of producing a hydrogen-powered vehicle by the end of the decade. The GM Sequel Concept showcases the automaker’s latest fuel-cell propulsion technology, development of which is speeding along at such a torrid pace that GM has been able to double the range and cut acceleration times by half over its existing AUTOnomy and Hy-wire fuel-cell vehicles – in just three scant years.
Fully operational as a stand-alone unit, the GM Sequel Concept’s chassis can therefore accommodate a variety of body types, from an SUV to a sports car, as long as the wheelbase and track widths remain the same. GM has purposely sized the GM Sequel Concept’s foundation to tackle the meat of the market, midsize sedans and midsize crossover suvs.
Infrastructure that delivers liquid hydrogen as easily and reliable as today’s network of gasoline filling stations must be put into place, because hydrogen-powered fuel cells are coming. Count on it. And count on GM to bring the technology to the mass consumer in something like the GM Sequel Concept within the decade.