Wired NextFest Report: GM's green portfolio. Sequel, Hy-wire, Graphyte and more
When I heard that GM was showcasing their "portfolio of green advanced propulsion technologies" at NextFest, the first thing that came to mind was that this is finally my chance to get a first-hand look at the fuel cell-powered Chevrolet Sequel. No, I didn't get to jump in the car and cruise along the Hudson down the West Side Highway, but I did manage to shoot a few good pics. The car looks great in person especially with its monstrous 22-inch wheels.
The Sequel was highlight of GM's exhibit, but it wasn't the only concept to make an appearance. GM brought the 2002 Hy-wire fuel cell concept, the 2005 GMC Graphyte hybrid concept SUV, the Saturn Vue Greenline, the Saturn Aura hybrid and the flex-fuel capable Chevy Avalanche. Unfortunately, the Chevrolet Equinox fuel cell car wasn't on-hand, but there's still lots more after the jump. The Sequel has a handsome and well-balanced shape with aggressive looks. I was hoping the GM representatives would pop the hood and open the doors for us, but no luck.
You may recall that the Hy-wire fuel cell car was first presented four years ago at the 2002 Paris Motor Show. Even though it's an older concept, it was great to see as a part of GM's fuel cell stable. It made me wish they had also brought the AUTOnomy.
Before we get to the other cars, here are a couple pictures of the hydrogen fueling station GM brought along with them. The unit was off, so I refrained from sticking my credit card in it to see what would happen.
The GMC Graphyte hybrid concept SUV was first seen by the public at the 2005 North American International Auto Show. Being the first time I've seen the car in the flesh, it was far more striking than I had previously imagined. There are two electric motors mated to the Vortec 5.3 liter V-8 providing 300 horses standing on 22-inch magnesium alloy wheels.
The Saturn hybrid offerings were part of a pretty cool light display that projected changing images of the cars' innards on their skins.
The last of GM's green cars on display was the "go yellow" flex-fuel Chevy Avalanche. By the way, the cornstalks are real.
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