General Motors Corp. (Detroit, MI) demonstrated what it believes is the world's first drivable fuel cell vehicle that extracts hydrogen from gasoline to produce electricity. The demonstration used a fuel-cell-powered Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck.
The S-10 pickup was equipped with a fuel processor that reforms low sulfur gasoline though a series of chemical reactions. GM claims that the reformer technology installed on the S-10 could cut carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent, and permit the vehicle to travel for up to 40mpg.
"This vehicle and the reforming technology in it move us closer to a hydrogen economy," said Larry Burns, GM vice president of research and development and planning.