GM and U.S. Army to Expand Fuel Cell Testing

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GM

and
U.S. Army

to Expand Fuel Cell Testing

New agreement
enables continued development of technology


WARREN, Mich.


General Motors
and t
he
U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research,
Development & Engineering Center

are expanding their collaboration in the
development of
hydrogen fuel cell
technology
.


Through
a new Cooperative Research and Development

Agreement
,
GM and TARDEC will
jointly test new
hydrogen fuel cell
-
related
materials and designs to evaluate their performance
and durability before assembling them into full scale fuel cell propulsion systems.

This collaborative effort will
enable

GM an
d TARDEC

to jointly develop technology that me
ets
both of their requirements, accomplishing
more tangible results than either entity could
achieve

on its own. The project is expected to continue for up to five years.

“GM welcomes the opportunity to further expand our work with TARDEC developing fuel cell
technology,” said
Charlie Freese, executive director of GM’s global fuel cell engineering
activities
.
“We believe hydrogen fuel cell technology holds tremendous potent
ial to one day help
reduce our dependence on petroleum and we are committed to building on our leadership
through the continued development.”

This is the second fuel cell
-
related announcement GM has made this year. In July, GM and
Honda announced a long
-
te
rm, definitive master agreement to co
-
develop
a
next
-
generation

fuel cell
system
and hydrogen storage technologies, aiming for the 2020 time frame.

GM
is
an

acknowledged leader

in fuel cell technology. According to
Clean Energy Patent
Growth Index,

GM ranked No. 1 in total

fuel cell patents
filed between 2002 and 2012.
GM’s
Project Driveway

program, launched in 2007, has accumulated nearly 3 million miles of real
-
world driving in a fleet of 119 hydrogen
-
powered vehicles, more than any other automaker
.


GM is currently building a new Fuel Cell Development Laboratory in Pontiac, Mich
.,
where t
he
majority of the company’s fuel cell development work will take place.

TARDEC and GM’s respective fuel cell laboratories are about 20 miles apart
,

which greatly

promotes daily collaboration
, and
GM and TARDEC engineers are developing extensive plans
to

share physical material and data between the locations
.



TARDEC opened a new Fuel Cell Research Laboratory located in the recently opened Ground
System Power and Energy Laboratory building

in Warren, Mich.

Th
e

state
-
of
-
the
-
art facility
enables TARDEC to test and integrate the fuel cell systems it has been developing for military
applications for
more than
a decade.

“The Army continues to investigate technologies and partnerships that give the United States a
decisive advantage,” said
TARDEC Director Paul Rogers
. “
Our

relationships



like this one with
GM


are maturing and accelerating technologies critical to

the tr
ansportation and energy

capabilities
of

the future.”

Additionally, TARDEC is evaluating GM fuel cell vehicles in a
comprehensiv
e demonstration in
Hawaii.

The technology
has possible
military applications ranging from ground vehicles to
mobile generators.

Fuel cell technology
helps
address the two major challenges with automobiles today


petroleum use and
carbon dioxide emissions
.

Fuel cell vehicles can operate on renewable
hydrogen that can be made from sources like wind and biomass. The only emission from fuel
cell vehicles is water vapor.


About
General Motors Co.


General Motors Co.

(
NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce

vehicles in 30 countries, and the
company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest
-
growing automotive markets. GM
, its
subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles
under the Chevrolet, Cadillac,
Baojun, Buick, GMC,
Holden, Isu
zu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its
subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be
found at
http://www.gm.co
m
.




About TARDEC

Headquartered at the U.S. Army Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Mich.,
TARDEC

is

a major research,
development and engineering center for the Army Materiel Command’s Research, Development and
Engineering Command and an enterprise partner in the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command.
TARDEC is the Nation’s laboratory for advanced militar
y automotive technology and serves as the
Ground Systems Integrator for all Defense Department manned and unmanned ground vehicle systems.
With roots dating back to the World War II era, TARDEC develops and integrates the right technology
solutions to impr
ove current force effectiveness and provides superior capabilities for future force
integration. More information can be found at
http://tardec.army.mil


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CONTACT:

Dan Flores

GM Communications

Advanced Technology
, Powertrain Engineering and GM Ventures

313
-
418
-
2374

daniel.flores@gm.com


Bruce J. Huffman

Public Affairs Officer

U.S. Army
TARDEC

586
-
215
-
8763

bruce.j.huffman.civ@mail.mil