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1966 Hydrogen Fuel Cell G-Series Van

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SuperJason

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1966 Hydrogen Fuel Cell G-Series Van

Post by SuperJason on Thu Oct 06, 2016 12:08 pm

In 1966, GM made the Electrovan. The world's first hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle. It turns 50 years old this month!

http://www.autoblog.com/2016/10/06/gm-electrovan-first-hydrogen-fuel-cell-vehicle-turns-50/

From the link above:
General Motors understandably made a big deal about the Chevy Camaro turning 50 this year. But the company has another important vehicle celebrating its 50th, one that introduced technologies that have only hit the streets in this millennium. That vehicle is the Electrovan, and it was the world's first hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle.

The Electrovan was based on a common G-series van, since all the fuel-cell components had to go somewhere, and they weren't small. There was only space for two occupants and the rear of the van was filled with lead-acid batteries and large storage tanks for liquid oxygen and hydrogen. On the outside, it looked quite ordinary, except for the sweet set of mag wheels and white-line tires. Impressively, the van could travel between 100 and 150 miles between fill-ups.

The project also came together quickly. Two hundred people worked three shifts to finish the project, which took only 10 months from January to October 1966. Of course as we all know, it took much longer for the technology to reach the hands of consumers, and still only one car is available for people to outright purchase.

The future is also a bit cloudy for hydrogen fuel cells, as electric vehicles have developed quickly and taken significant market share. However, Honda still intends to offer the new Clarity by the end of the year, Toyota is currently selling the Mirai, and Chevy introduced a new hydrogen truck intended for military use. The latter will undergo testing shortly. So there could still be a future for hydrogen cars, and they owe a lot to GM's Electrovan.

Russell

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Re: 1966 Hydrogen Fuel Cell G-Series Van

Post by Russell on Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:32 pm


I love the grille.

wirepuller

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Re: 1966 Hydrogen Fuel Cell G-Series Van

Post by wirepuller on Fri Oct 07, 2016 10:36 am

That's really cool!

Great share


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Russell

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Re: 1966 Hydrogen Fuel Cell G-Series Van

Post by Russell on Fri Oct 07, 2016 7:13 pm

I just noticed that this Van has that chrome trim on the drip rails that also goes under the windshield like someone here was selling.
http://vintage-vans.forumotion.com/t52872-roof-rail-drip-rail-rain-gutter-trim

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