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GM continues to plug away at the fuel cell technology and the powered "skateboard" idea where all the necessary items to run the vehicle would be contained in a skateboard-like chassis. The AUTOnomy and the Hy-wire first introduced the technology, but in a very futuristic way. The GM Sequel concept brings the design home in a package many Americans are more familiar with, the SUV. The biggest advantage with the skateboard design is there is no drivetrain tunnel inside, opening up an endless amount of interior configurations. Click through for more pictures and info.
The large grill openings in the front are needed to cool the fuel stack, power electronics and electric motor via three large-capacity radiators.
The rear air inlets are to feed air to cool the rear wheel motors and battery pack.
Since the ?skateboard? design gives interior freedom, the designers went for the wide open space approach. The passenger seat can rotate 180 degrees (when parked!). The rear seat can be reclined, be moved fore and aft and fold flat.
Center sunroof folds back like the G6?s production version.
The Sequel has a ?floating? dashboard. All controls are ?by-wire? - deleting the need for any physical link for steering, braking and throttle. Driver and passenger have their own controls for things like the HVAC located on the door panels.
The Sequel puts the next generation fuel cell and rear wheel-hub motors together for a fuel efficient package. The new fuel stack is 25-percent more powerfull which brings the range up to 300-miles and propells the vehicle from 0-60 in less than 10 seconds. Its only exhaust is water vapor.