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GM Autonomy Future Platform

The Autonomy skateboard fuel cell platform (various car bodies could snap on). Low center of gravity, instant torque, 4WD and steering, 1/10 the moving parts of a combustion engine vehicle.

 

Larry Burns, GM’s VP of R&D and Planning spoke at TED, and he is quite gung ho. Some quotes:

 

“It’s time to change the DNA of the auto industry. We can’t grow without hydrogen. The auto industry will be capped by sustainability.”

 

“Our cars are idle 90% of the time. They could generate electricity when parked. 4% of U.S. automobiles would be equivalent to the entire U.S. electric grid.”

 

“Serving 70% of the U.S. with 12,000 Hydrogen refueling stations would cost ½ as much as the Alaskan pipeline today.”

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Taken on February 24, 2005