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Massachusetts Students Experiment with Fuel Cell Technology; General Motors Sponsors Nationwide Fuel Cell Education Program for Middle-Schoolers
Publication date: 15-April-2004

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Today on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, students from the Harbor Middle School of Boston and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Open School of Cambridge, will experiment with hydrogen fuel cell technology in the General Motors Tech Tour for Students program. As part of their participation, students will also assemble a fuel cell vehicle model.
The Tech Tour for Students program is designed to teach middle school students about fuel cell technology and the positive environmental and economic benefits of a hydrogen economy. The program highlights the ongoing fuel cell research and development that GM is embarking on as part of its ultimate vision of a hydrogen economy. "In the future, fuel cell technology will be an important part of these students' daily lives," said Elizabeth A. Lowery, GM vice president of environment and energy. "By developing a curriculum that explores the technology now, we believe revolutionary ideas and research will make that day come a little sooner."

"This program reinforces MIT's desire to increase partnership opportunities with public schools," said Paul Parravano from the office of government and community relations of MIT.

Tech Tour for Students is an extension of GM's nationwide in-school fuel cell education program called "Fuel Cells: Driving the Future." This curriculum was launched in 2002 and has reached nearly 3.5 million middle school students. It was developed by Lifetime Learning Systems®, Inc., a division of Weekly Reader Corp., and it provides science teachers with a free, engaging curriculum that highlights the fundamentals of hydrogen fuel cell technology. Weekly Reader is the leading classroom periodical publisher and currently serves more than 11 million children (pre-K through high school) and 400,000 teachers nationwide.

Tech Tour for Students and "Fuel Cells: Driving the Future" are parts of GM's broader K-12 education initiative, which strives to enlighten and educate children about important issues that will impact their future. These initiatives provide timely and interesting information, as well as suggestions for incorporating these ideas within a science curriculum. For more information, visit www.gmability.com/education .

The Tech Tour for Students is traveling to several U.S. cities in conjunction with the 2004 GM Technology Tour, including Boston; Durham, N.C.; Miami and Austin. The overall tour provides local public policy and other opinion leaders an opportunity to experience new technologies and innovative vehicles that positively impact the environment. Included in the tour is GM's Hy-wire, the world's first driveable vehicle that combines by-wire technology with a fuel cell propulsion system. Other vehicles include hybrids and clean diesels.

"GM has created and supported these education initiatives because we believe they are essential in creating a sustainable future," said Lowery. "Through our outreach programs, we involve young people to demonstrate that we all have a responsibility to protect our environment."

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Educating the next generation of drivers is an essential step toward acceptance of fuel-cell technology, which seems to support the idea that GM is leap-frogging the hybrid fad and moving straight to fuel cells.
 

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How soon does Gm plan on using fuel cells?

It better be soon or else GM could potentially miss out on a significant chunk in the market of the "fuel saving" generation that just started. GM should respond to the market by At least 2007 if not sooner Id say.
 

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Well, knowing when GM will have fuel cells avaliable is important. I think they have limited cars in LA and D.C. But, it's also important to know when everyone else is planing to hit the market.

Honda has one (maybe a few). But, they are really ugly and small. Nothing like the Hywire.

Toyota has something like the AUTOnomy and I think something like the Hywire.

Ford might have something.

And that's all I know.

Is there more?
 
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