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GM Auto Tech Tour hits L.A.
Los Angeles, Calif.
an ongoing effort to encourage public acceptance of hydrogen and
hybrid technology, GM is hosting a Tech Tour in the City of Angels
this week. During a two-day Tech Tour stop beginning today
that features a broad range of current and future General Motors
cars and trucks, state lawmakers, regulators, educators and
environmentalists will focus on ways to encourage mass-market
acceptance of advanced automotive technologies to dramatically
reduce emissions and improve efficiency.
At Dodger Stadium, Tech
Tour participants will learn about GM's fuel cell activities,
partnerships and other advanced propulsion technologies from Lowery
and a corps of engineers involved in commercializing GM's hybrid and
fuel cell technologies.
On Monday, GM unveiled a
special motor in the two rear wheels of a Chevy S-10, instantly
improving torque by 60 percent and adding another 70 horsepower to a
vehicle. The technology, which allows the pickup truck to beat a
Corvette in a drag race, has great promise for hybrid and fuel cell
vehicles because it provides the power of a performance engine with
the fuel economy of a smaller one.
world-class sprinter that comes out of the block in less than half
the time. That's what instant torque is," said Larry Burns,
GM's vice president of research and technology and planning.
"We could be building some pretty exciting future vehicles that
have the potential to be as quick as a sports car while providing
significant fuel economy, and in the case of a hydrogen fuel cell,
no emissions at all."
The Tech Tour also
underscores GM's commitment to the California Fuel Cell Partnership,
an organization that demonstrates fuel cell electric vehicles in
California through 2007 under day-to-day driving conditions. The
Partnership is exploring the path to commercializing fuel cell
electric vehicles by examining such issues as fuel infrastructure
requirements, vehicle and fuel safety, market incentives and
Tech Tour participants
will operate the Hy-wire, the world's first driveable fuel cell
vehicle with by-wire technology, along with the HydroGen3.
And, because educating
the future users of fuel cell technology is a priority for GM, it
will host a group of middle-school science students at a special
Tech Tour for Students on Wednesday.
fuel cells aren't the only stars of the show. Technical experts will
be on hand to demonstrate current and near-term efficient,
fuel-saving technologies such as gas-electric hybrids, Displacement
on Demand, continuously variable transmissions, alternative fuel
vehicles, clean diesels and others.