By Michael Dabaie

 

General Motors Co. said its plans to broaden electrification, expanding use of fuel cells.

GM unveiled new commercial applications of its Hydrotec fuel cell technology. Hydrotec projects are being planned for use beyond vehicles for power generation, the company said.

"Our vision of an all-electric future is broader than just passenger vehicles or even transportation," said Charlie Freese, GM executive director of the global Hydrotec business. "Our energy platform expertise with Ultium vehicle architectures and propulsion components and Hydrotec fuel cells can expand access to energy across many different industries and users, while helping to reduce emissions often associated with power generation."

GM said its planned Hydrotec-based power generators include a mobile power generator to provide fast-charge capability for EVs without installing permanent charge points and the Empower rapid charger to help retail fuel stations add affordable DC fast charging without expanding the grid.

GM said it also plans a palletized MPG to power military camps and installations.

These fuel cell generators could ultimately replace gas- and diesel-burning generators with fewer emissions at worksites, buildings, movie sets, data centers, outdoor concerts and festivals, the company said. They could also back up or temporarily replace grid-sourced electricity for residential and small commercial enterprises at times of power disruption, GM said.

 

Write to Michael Dabaie at michael.dabaie@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

January 19, 2022 14:48 ET (19:48 GMT)

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