Hydrogen fuel-cell Cadillac unveiled


Cadillac Provoq Concept
Cadillac Provoq Concept

In a photo provided by General Motors, a Cadillac Provoq Concept is shown. GM will unveil the concept hydrogen fuel cell powered Cadillac crossover vehicle at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008. The aerodynamic Provoq concept, which is not yet operational, would be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell that charges lithium-ion batteries for two electric motors, one powering the front wheels and the other the rear.

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Published: Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 9:17 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 9:17 a.m.

DETROIT - General Motors Corp. will unveil a hydrogen fuel-cell-powered Cadillac crossover concept vehicle at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

GM envisions the five-passenger Provoq going 300 miles on a single fill-up of hydrogen, getting 280 miles from hydrogen power and 20 miles from batteries.

It would go from zero to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds and have a top speed of 100 mph.

The aerodynamic Provoq's hydrogen fuel cell would charge lithium-ion batteries to power one electric motor for the front wheels and another for the rear.

The vehicle could also be the basis of a replacement for the SRX, a larger crossover vehicle powered by V-8 and V-6 engines, Cadillac officials said.

The Provoq has a solar panel in its roof to power accessories such as the interior lights and audio system, the company said.

"All the people- and cargo-carrying capability customers expect in crossovers and SUVs is available in the Provoq, along with the premium attributes expected in a Cadillac," Ed Welburn, GM's vice president of global design, said in a statement.

No date has been set to bring the Provoq to showrooms, nor has pricing been discussed, the company said.

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