One of the biggest announcements at this years CES was the introduction of the hydrogen-powered Cadillac Provoq concept vehicle by General Motors. The Provoq is another one of GM’s efforts to develop vehicles that will reduce their fuel consumption and minimize their emissions.
The Provoq is a hydrogen powered vehicle that uses the fifth generation E-flex architecture used in the GM Volt, to power a vehicle that only emits water. The E-Flex system is composed of a lithium-ion battery, a fuel cell system and a pair of 10,000-psi hydrogen tanks to produce enough power for the a 70kw axial electric system and two 40kw rear in-wheel motors. The vehicle will drive for up to 300 miles on a single tank, and will take you from 0-60mph in about 8.5 seconds. It’s top speed is 100mph.
As the lithium-ion battery and fuel cell system are mostly worried on powering the vehicle, the Provoq is equipped with a solar panel that is used to power all the vehicle’s interior gadgets. The interiors of the vehicle reflect some attempt at moving past emissions as the only environmental concern, with the use of recycled carpets and toxic chemical free finishes throughout the vehicle.
While we honestly believe that the best way to reduce our impact on the environment would be to ditch the vehicle as much as possible, the technologies involved within this vehicle do make it an exciting one to report on.