Shanghai, China – General Motors and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. Group (SAIC) have announced the launch of SAIC’s Shanghai Brand Fuel Cell Vehicle, powered by GM’s latest fourth-generation fuel cell propulsion technology.

The SAIC vehicle uses the same 700 bar high-pressure hydrogen fuel cell system adopted in the Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell. Ten Shanghai Brand Fuel Cell Vehicles will be built, and will join the Equinox Fuel Cell as part of a fleet of GM and SAIC vehicles that will shuttle VIPs at World Expo 2010 Shanghai.

“The Shanghai and Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell vehicles will be featured in the most extensive fuel cell demonstration program ever conducted in China,” said Nick Reilly, GM Asia Pacific president. “This follows the government’s call for the creation of a sustainable transportation system. GM supports China’s move toward sustainability, and we are providing our latest fuel cell technology in line with our overall strategy of in China, with China, for China.”

SAIC and GM enngineers have been co-located at facilities in Germany and China to produce the vehicle. The two automakers, which operate eight joint ventures in China, earlier signed two agreements to promote advanced vehicle technology. A Shanghai GM joint venture began selling the Buick LaCrosse Eco-Hybrid last year, and China is slated to become one of the first markets for the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle in 2011.

GM has deployed more than 100 Equinox Fuel Cell vehicles around the world, which are being driven by a wide range of customers, businesses, government agencies, celebrities and media as part of Project Driveway.

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