I thought GM already had a very good hydrogen-powered prototype vehicle.
May 12, 2005
GM, Toyota Plan Fuel Cell Venture
By John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
The world's two biggest carmakers are deep into plans for a joint
venture to build fuel cell systems that would enable them to begin
making hydrogen-powered cars.
General Motors Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp. believe that by combining
forces they will send a powerful signal to governments and the fuel
industry that the futuristic power plants that use no gasoline or oil
aren't so farfetched, insiders say.
And California is a potential location for the venture's research and
There is no deal yet, and it could be months before a formal agreement
is hashed out, said an automotive source.
But the companies already have picked a name for the enterprise: Project
GM is working on fuel cell development with Sacramento-based California
Fuel Cell Partnership, with several Southern California companies and at
its own Advanced Technology Center in Torrance.
Toyota's U.S. sales and marketing headquarters and one of its major
research and engineering units are in Torrance. Toyota also operates a
small fleet of experimental fuel cell vehicles in the state.
The two automakers jointly operate a major auto assembly plant - New
United Motors Manufacturing Inc. - in Fremont in the Bay Area.
GM has insisted for years that it will have a commercially viable fuel
cell vehicle ready for the market by 2010, and insiders say the company
is well ahead of schedule in several key areas. Toyota has been a major
proponent of hybrid technology, which combines standard gasoline engines
with electric power.
Carmakers see fuel cells as desirable because if they can be perfected,
and if a retail fuel distribution system is developed, they would remove
the auto industry from much of the debate over air pollution and fossil
By combining resources, the two industry giants "would have a lot more
clout with other decision makers and could help get government and
industry more involved," said Lindsay Brooke, an advanced automotive
technology analyst at CSM Worldwide in Farmington Hills, Mich.
There are two classes of pedestrians in these days of reckless motor
traffic - the quick and the dead.
~ Lord Dewar 1933 ~
Climbing into a hot car is like buckling on a pistol. It is the great
equalizer. ~ Henry G. Felsen 1964 ~