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General motors/OPEL Fuel cell activities — driving towards a successful future

Fuel Cell Technology and Applications

Current fuel cell propulsion systems

PEM fuel cell systems for cars/buses

  1. A. Rodrigues,
  2. M. Fronk,
  3. B. McCormick

Published Online: 15 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470974001.f311098

Handbook of Fuel Cells

Handbook of Fuel Cells

How to Cite

Rodrigues, A., Fronk, M. and McCormick, B. 2010. General motors/OPEL Fuel cell activities — driving towards a successful future. Handbook of Fuel Cells. .

Author Information

  1. Global Alternative Propulsion Center, General Motors, Honeoye Falls, NY, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2010


General Motors (GM) is the world's largest automobile maker. Over the years, GM has supported fuel cell activities as an alternative propulsion system to the internal combustion engine. In 1966, GM demonstrated the first driveable fuel cell vehicle. Since then, with continuous research and development and system optimization, various successful fuel cell systems have been demonstrated. GM has progressively made improvements with increases in power densities in both their fuel cell stacks and fuel cell processors, as well as a focus in understanding and developing systems. To aggressively drive fuel cell applications to commercialization, GM has partnered with a conglomerate of companies, each bringing its unique contribution to the commercialization plan. Maintaining several options and understanding both the near-term and long-term needs of the market, GM is pursuing hydrogen-fueled and gasoline-reformate-fueled fuel cell systems in both the automotive and nonautomotive application markets.


  • automotive;
  • applications;
  • proton exchange membrane fuel cell