Consumer Reports Hosts 'Car of the Future' Symposium
Honda's Home Energy Station IV can produce hydrogen fuel for the Clarity, as well as heat and electricity, to an average-size home fueled with natural gas.
For a group of automakers, industry insiders and entrepreneurs, a Consumer Reports symposium on the "Car of the Future" provided a truly electric moment.
Whether it was a plug-in hybrid from Ford, a fuel-cell-powered SUV from General Motors or an older Volkswagen and DeLorean converted to battery operation, all of the discussion ended in the same place: electric-powered motors.
The differences focused on how the electricity reaches the wheels. As one person said at the Sept. 26 symposium at Consumer Reports' East Haddam test center: The motors don't really care where the electrons are flowing from.
The Cadillac Provoq fuel cell concept uses GM's E-Flex propulsion system, combining the new fifth-generation fuel cell system and a lithium-ion battery to produce an electrically driven vehicle that uses no petroleum and has no emission other than water.
Based on the full-size 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD pickup truck, the vehicle underwent extensive internal modifications to meet the technical demands and requirements needed to run on a compressed hydrogen fuel system.