The year is 1969 and GM’s hydrogen fuel cell prototype, Electrovan, hits the road delivering up to 150 miles of range.
As the narrator explains in the video below “hydrogen and oxygen are expensive and impractical fuels for a car.”
However, banking on the notion that the technology will become more marketable, GM, like other OEMs, has continued hydrogen fuel cell development.
In October, the automaker unveiled SURUS (Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure), a flexible fuel cell electric platform with autonomous capabilities, at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA).
In January of 2017, GM and Honda announced the first manufacturing joint venture to mass produce an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system that will be used in future products from each company.
Arguably, the hydrogen fuel cell project that’s garnered most of the attention for GM is the Chevy Colorado ZH2, which it developed with the U.S. Army. The truck was revealed in October 2016.