July 18, 2002


GM joins Japanese fuel cell program

Tokyo, Japan – General Motors Corp. announced that it will be taking part in a project to demonstrate fuel cell vehicles in Japan.

The Japan Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Demonstration Project (JHFC) will be directed by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). GM, other automakers and energy companies will take part in the project, with a goal of better understanding fuel cell technology and how to create a hydrogen infrastructure.

The project also will seek to educate the public about the use of fuel cells, and about hydrogen as a safe and clean fuel. Participants plan to use data generated in the project to support the establishment of standards and regulations pertaining to fuel cells and hydrogen.

“Japan is a very important market for fuel cell vehicles,” said Larry Burns, GM Vice President of Research and Development and Planning. “GM is making great progress in the development of fuel cell vehicles and we’re very happy that the Japanese government, like other governments in Europe and the U. S., is taking a leadership role in this area. A hydrogen infrastructure could come about sooner through automakers, energy companies and governments working together in projects like JHFC.”

GM will bring its latest fuel cell vehicle, the Opel Zafira-based “HydroGen3”, to Japan to take part in the demo program. The company is actively involved around the world in efforts to test fuel cell technology and speed the evolution of the hydrogen infrastructure. In addition to the Japanese demo program, GM also is a member of the California Fuel Cell Partnership and the recently announced Clean Energy Partnership in Berlin, Germany.

GM expects to commercialize fuel cell-powered vehicles as a sustainable business by the end of the decade.

More information on General Motors advanced vehicle technologies and environmental performance can be found at www.gmability.com.

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