Today, journalists will actually drive GM’s latest hydrogen concept, the Chevrolet Sequel. A static — or non-operational — Sequel branded simply as a “GM” was unveiled at the 2005 Detroit auto show. Now the hydrogen-powered crossover is being driven for the first time as a Chevrolet.
The Sequel replaces the traditional internal combustion engine with fuel cells, lithium-ion batteries and electric motors at each of its wheels, all fitting beneath the floor of the car. The four motors at the wheels are of particular interest because they’ll act as an all-wheel-drive system and aid with acceleration. GM says the Sequel will hit 60 mph in 10 seconds.
Like most concept vehicles, the Sequel is still far from being a reality for the everyday consumer. While we’re seeing car companies speed up development of hydrogen-powered vehicles like the Sequel, the infrastructure for hydrogen fuel delivery is in its infancy, with only a handful of pumps nationwide.