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March 12, 2003

Shell and GM to Bring Fuel Cell Vehicles to Washington, D.C.

Shell Hydrogen and General Motors Corporation (GM) will launch a demonstration of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and fueling infrastructure in the Washington, D.C., area by October, the companies announced on March 5th. GM will deliver a fleet of fuel-cell vehicles to the U.S. capital by May, and Shell will follow up by installing a hydrogen fueling station at one of its retail gasoline stations by October. The GM fleet will consist of HydroGen3 minivans—prototype vehicles based on GM's Opel Zafira—each featuring a 94-kilowatt fuel cell and a top speed of 100 miles per hour. The two companies are working together to develop hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, which GM intends to sell by the end of the decade. See the Royal Dutch/Shell Group press release.

GM announced in February that it had successfully tested a new high-pressure hydrogen storage tank in its HydroGen3 vehicle. The new tank, operating at pressures up to 10,000 pounds per square inch (psi), extends the range of GM's vehicle by 60 to 70 percent compared to a 5,000-psi tank. See the GM press release.

Shell is also collaborating with Norsk Hydro to install the world's first public hydrogen fueling station in Reykjavik, Iceland. Three hydrogen-fueled buses, provided by DaimlerChrysler, will be the initial customers for the fueling station, which is set to open on April 24th. See the Norsk Hydro press release.

Recognizing the international scope of hydrogen energy research, DOE and the European Union announced on March 6th that they are advancing an effort to unify their approaches to hydrogen research in order to work together in the development of hydrogen as an energy source. See the DOE press release.