Hydrogen Motor


HydroGen3 (2006)

GM today announced a driveable version of the most technologically advanced automobile ever built the Chevrolet Sequel, GM's solution to provide the world with a cleaner, petroleum-free vehicle that is better in nearly every way.

The HydroGen3 fuel cell vehicle marks another important milestone along the way to fitting passenger cars with an environmentally compatible, resource-saving, fuel cell propulsion system.
The vehicle, the latest in the HydroGen series, is based on the Zafira, a popular five-passenger vehicle from our Opel division in Germany.
Liquid hydrogen powers the fuel cell stack, which supplies electricity to a battery, powering the vehicle and emitting only clean water.

GM and Shell are partnering on a demonstration program in Washington D.C., with a fleet of GM�s HydroGen3 fuel cell vehicles.

GM partnered with FedEx in Japan under the Japan Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Demonstration Project.

The HydroGen3 is part of the Clean Energy Partnership in Berlin

According to Raymond Grigg Chairman and CEO of the Japan division of General Motors, "To really prove that fuel cell vehicles are equal to or better than conventional, internal combustion vehicles, you need to operate them under tough, every-day conditions. Our fuel cell technology has advanced to the point where it's important to involve a real heavy-duty commercial user in our research and development activities. We expect to learn a lot by having FedEx Express put our HydroGen3 to the test on their daily delivery runs on the streets of Tokyo. This is how you truly prove durability and dependability."

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Opel Zafira minivan with hydrogen fuel cell propulsion system

Seating capacity:


Fuel storage system:

The liquid tank can store 4.6 kg of hydrogen (-423 degrees F/253 degrees C)

The compressed tank (10,000-PSI) (700 bar) can store 3.1 kg of hydrogen


249 miles/400 km (liquid storage)

168 miles/270 km (compressed)

Top speed:

99 mph/160 km