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June 1, 2002, thepeoplesvoice.org

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We are on the threshold
of an historic opportunity. Instead of the historical evolution of technology by incremental improvements, we now see our way to bold technology advances that will fundamentally change personal transportation for the new century....Once fully integrated into our daily lives, fuel-cell vehicles will be supported by a broadly available, cost-effective hydrogen- refueling infrastructure. Such an infrastructure by its very nature would provide an evolutionary shift of personal transportation from petroleum to a mix of energy sources including renewables.... It is clear that we are in an intense global competition for leadership in this race to establish and commercialize fuel cell technologies. Toyota, Honda, Daimler, Ford, Volkswagen, Nissan, PSA, Hyndai, GM and others all have large programs.  In Japan the Kyogikai, which are companies operating under government auspices, is developing a program for the implementation of fuel cell technology.  Now is the time for the U.S. government and U.S. industry to create a partnership that can lead the world in the charge to achieve this vision.... Recognizing this potential, approximately four years ago at General Motors fuel cell activities were consolidated and accelerated.  We were given one mandate by our management:  'Take the automobile out of the environmental debate." 
Dr. J. Byron McCormick,  Director
Global Alternative Propulsion Center, General Motors

H2 go Friday February 1 2002 Friday February 1 2002 Friday February 1 2002 By Tom Koppel, The Sydney Morning Herald - "The next internal combustion car you buy may well be your last." The fuel-cell car, powered by electricity produced from hydrogen, is in the wings. The technology is virtually ready to go into commercial production. The remaining barrier is in making hydrogen widely available and safe to handle." Hydrogen-powered cars to date have occupied the out-there future with holidays in space and house-cleaning robots. But a production version is on the horizon and they will be commonplace within five or six years. The next internal combustion car you buy may well be your last. The fuel-cell car, powered by electricity produced from hydrogen, is in the wings. The technology is virtually ready to go into commercial production. The remaining barrier is in making hydrogen widely available and safe to handle. drive.com

General Motors' "Autonomy" Fuel Cell Platform


"It hit us like a lightning bolt."  We realized that if you could develop a fuel cell vehicle for full by-wire implementation, you could decouple the vehicle chassis from its body." Bob Vitale, a GM design engineer who heads electrical and by-wire system development for the Autonomy program. General Motors Rolls Fuel Cell Vehicle Project by Charles J. Murray - EE Times January 18, 2002

An In-Depth Look at GM's "Autonomy" The GM AUTOnomy combines two state-of-the-art technologies -- PEM fuel cells and drive-by-wire -- to create a vehicle that could get the equivalent of over 100mpg while generating zero air pollution.by Bill Moore EV World January 19, 2002 Breaking Convention The Economist (UK) January 10, 2002 The Turning Point? Proton Energy Systems Developing Breakthrough Hydrogen Products to Fuel DOE 'Freedom Car'

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Honda Opens Gaseous H2 Fueling Station in Los Angeles "This is the first hydrogen station established by an auto maker to use solar energy to extract hydrogen from water and it will help verify more efficient hydrogen production methods as well as help us solve the challenges involved with hydrogen production and fueling stations for the future." Ben Knight, vice president Honda R&D Americas, Inc. Honda Opens L.A.'s First Hydrogen 'Gas Station'

Engler sees new fuel driving Michigan Address expected to reveal plan to see state become hydrogen-based auto technology hub. "I propose we seize the opportunity to lay the foundation for the hydrogen economy the same way our ancestors laid the foundation for the auto industry a century ago." -- Michigan's Governor John Engler detnews.com

"Under this new program, which we call Freedom CAR, the government and the private sector will fund research into advanced, efficient, fuel-cell technology which uses hydrogen to power automobiles without creating any pollution. The long-term results of this cooperative effort will be cars and trucks that are more efficient, cheaper to operate, pollution-free and competitive in the showroom." U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham"



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