We're glad whenever we can praise GM, a company that we believe is
suffering due to non-environmental reasons (though you wouldn't know it
listening to some hype that's being passed around). But GM has a
future...and here it is.
Hy-Wire is revolutionary for two reasons (three, if you include the 10
million dollars that went into developing it). First, you have the
Hy...a hydrogen fuel-cell engine with
a tank big enough to carry the car fast and long. Or, if you so choose, it could just power your house for a couple of days.
there's the Wire. The fuel-cell, the hydrogen tanks, and all the
motors are all housed in a six inch tall 'skateboard' configuration at
the bottom of the car. We've been hearing about the skateboard car a
lot in the last few years, but it's nice to see prototypes rolling of
at a pretty good rate now (see the Pivo
a couple of posts down for another skateboard car.) The vehicle's controls actually plug into the chassis via a single
data wire (in the case of the Pivo
, this linkage is actually wireless (scary)).
Hi-Wire also beats its coolness into us with a revolutionary new
control scheme. No pedals, just a 'steering thingy' which you twist to accelerate and squeeze to break. Also on the steering thingy
you'll find a display showing you your rear-view, and two side view
cameras take the place of external mirrors, minimizing wind
So, next time you hear someone badmouth GM, tell them about the Hy-Wire. We all see the future, and GM getting ready.
Thanks to the anonymous Aussie tipster who sent me to techeblog
. And to CarShark
for the YouTube
post. And of course to Top Gear
for filming the segment in the first place.