April 29, 2004
GM to attempt 6,200-mile endurance run in fuel cell vehicle
Hammerfest, Norway – Beginning May 3rd, General Motors will attempt a new world endurance record for fuel cell vehicles, crossing 14 countries and 6,200 miles (10,000 km).
The long-distance journey with the GM HydroGen3 fuel cell prototype, based on the Opel Zafira mini-van, will begin in Hammerfest, the northern tip of Norway and finish on June 11 in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, the most westerly point of the European continent.
If successful, the GM vehicle will break the current record set by DaimlerChrysler in 2002 of 3,800 miles from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.
Journalists will drive the vehicle to universities along the route, averaging about 300 miles a day. It will cover temperature extremes of near Artic Circle conditions to the arid, desert-like conditions of central Spain and steep mountain passes in the Alps.
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