(April 1, 2005) — General Motors Corp. today will turn over
the world's first fuel cell-powered truck designed
specifically for use by the U.S. military.
event announcing the deal has been scheduled at GM's Fuel Cell
Activities Center in Honeoye Falls.
The two hydrogen fuel cell stacks that power the truck were
built at the Honeoye Falls site, where about 300 people
Expected to speak at the event are Sen. Hillary
Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and Defense Department representative
Roger A. Nadeau. They will be joined by Elizabeth Lowery, GM's
vice president of environment and energy.
Fuel cell technology combines hydrogen and oxygen in a
chemical reaction to produce electricity without any harmful
The truck — a modified Chevrolet Silverado
crew-cab pickup — will be leased by GM to the Defense
Department for noncombat uses at Fort Belvoir in Virginia and
Camp Pendleton in California.
GM equipped the truck with two 94-kilowatt fuel cell
stacks, capable of generating 188 kilowatts and 317
foot-pounds of torque, or roughly the motor torque generated
by GM's 5.3-liter V-8 engine.
Harold Sanborn, energy infrastructure team leader for the
U.S. Army, said the truck is one step in the military's
mandated task to reduce petroleum consumption and emissions on
"If we can accelerate the adoption of this, it helps us
meet those goals," he said.
Sanborn also said the deal
gives the military hands-on experience as it evaluates the
effectiveness of the truck.
"They're very interested in the possibility of putting more
fuel cell vehicles at various bases," said Angele Shaw,
spokeswoman for GM.
The Army has the largest fleet of
vehicles in the world.
Matthew Fronk, chief engineer for research and development
in Honeoye Falls, said use by the military will help test the
durability of the truck's fuel cells. Fuel cell durability is
something GM said it is working to improve as the automaker
moves toward commercializing affordable fuel cell vehicles by
Today's event represents the second major deal this week
for GM's fuel cell operations.
On Wednesday, the
automaker and the U.S. Department of Energy announced an $88
million agreement to build a fleet of 40 hydrogen fuel cell