May 12, 2006
GM hydrogen fuel cars on loan to Petersen Museum
Sterling Heights, Michigan – A 1966 GM Electrovan, the world’s first fuel-cell-powered vehicle, and the AUTOnomy fuel cell concept car introduced at the North American International Auto Show in 2002 are on loan from GM’s Heritage Center to the Petersen Museum in California. There, they will be part of the museum’s exhibit, “Propulsion After Petroleum”, designed to highlight the work the automotive industry has done to become less dependent on fossil fuels.
The Electrovan, built and tested by GM researchers 40 years ago, used electric power developed by cryogenically-stored hydrogen and oxygen, combined with potassium hydroxide. The AUTOnomy, a skateboard-like chassis, combined an extremely compact fuel cell stack with a by-wire control system. The two vehicles are part of the 700 currently found in the GM Heritage Collection, which contains historically significant vehicles that date back to the early 1900s.