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GM moves toward a Hydrogen Economy – Hydrogen station to open in Washington

( – The General Motor road to hydrogen kicked into high gear with the launch of its Washington-based fleet of hydrogen-powered vehicles, stated the September issue of Stockholder News publication.

US Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) was in Washington to preview the Hydrogen program.

GM’s Chairman and Chief Executive officer Rick Wagoner joined members of Congress for he test-drivers of GM’s HydroGen3 fuel-cell prototypes around Capitol Hill to raise awareness of GM’s leadership role in pursuing the ultimate goal of a hydrogen economy.

The congressional ride-and-drive educated national policy leaders about GM’s technology on the road today and coming soon; progress in moving toward a hydrogen economy; and the challenges that remain.

“Fuel cells give us an opportunity to reinvent the automobile and remove cars and trucks from the energy and environmental debate,” said Wagoner.

“The Washington preview fleet will help us show policymakers and opinion leaders the rapid progress that is being made in the development of this important technology,” said Wagoner.

GM’s Washington fuel-sell preview program will initially run for two years and could provide up to 10,000 test-drivers with national policy leaders, legislators, regulators, environmentalists and other policymakers.  GM has already invested more than $1 billion toward its goal of having a commercially viable fuel-cell vehicle ready for the market by the end of the current decade.  The company’s longer-term objective is to be the first company to sell one million fuel-cell vehicles.

The Washington fuel-cell preview program also will feature the nation’s first hydrogen pump at a Shell retail fueling station to support GM’s fleet of fuel-cell vehicles.  That station will open later this year.


Last updated September 25,  2003

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