|Manufacturer||Chevrolet (General Motors)|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Full-size hybrid crossover SUV|
|Body style||5-door SUV|
|Engine||Hydrogen fuel cell|
|Wheelbase||3,040 mm (119.7 in)|
|Length||4,994 mm (196.6 in)|
|Curb weight||2,070 kg (4,564 lb)|
The Chevrolet Sequel is a purpose-built hydrogen fuel cell-powered concept car and sport utility vehicle from Chevrolet, employing the then latest generation of General Motors' fuel cell technology.
The Sequel's powertrain includes an electronic control unit and a fourth-generation version of GM's fuel-cell stack. The Sequel became the basis for the design of the gas-powered Chevrolet Traverse, which was the replacement for the Uplander minivan.
The Sequel's fuel-cell stack has a rated power output of 73 kW (98 hp), supplemented by a lithium-ion battery pack rated at 65 kW. One 65 kW electric motor drives the front wheels and individual 25 kW wheel-motors (outboard of the rear brakes) drive each rear wheel, providing total tractive power of 115 kW.
The Sequel stores 8 kg of gaseous hydrogen in three cylindrical, carbon-composite fuel tanks, pressurized to 700 bar (10,000 p.s.i.) and mounted longitudinally beneath the cabin floor. As a result, the range of the vehicle is more than 480 km.
The Sequel is just short of five metres long (4994 mm, 196.1 in.), on a similarly long (3040 mm, 119.7 in.) wheelbase, in order to accommodate the extremely long fuel tanks.
GM made no commitment to building the Sequel. However, GM vice-chairman Bob Lutz has said he would push the company's strategy board to approve full production of a fuel-cell vehicle as early as the 2011 model year. Due to the extremely high cost of fuel cells, GM opted to instead build several hydrogen-powered Chevrolet Equinox-based vehicles as testbeds. It then decided to change its direction of alternative-fueled vehicles, and unveiled the concept Volt in 2008, followed by the production version in 2010. As of October 2006, GM has built two Sequels.
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