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Reinventing the car: GM's head of R&D, Larry Burns, on TED.com

Posted by: Tedstaff

Want to see what a post-bailout auto industry could look like? General Motors VP of R&D Larry Burns previews next-gen car design: sleek, customizable (and computer-enhanced) vehicles that run clean on hydrogen — and pump energy back into the electrical grid when they’re idle. (Recorded February 2005 in Monterey, California. Duration: 9:12.)

Watch Larry Burns’s talk on TED.com, where you can download this TEDTalk, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances from our archive of 300+ TEDTalks — including more talks about cars.

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Comments (4)

  • anand suppiah commented on Feb 22 2009

    Totally agree with Christian B. Maybe they should consider nuclear power. I know the threat of terrorism is what holding nuclears back.

    Anand Suppiah

  • Mike Crabe commented on Feb 22 2009

    Another from great presentations from Ted talk. Thanks again for your efforts.

  • Christian B commented on Dec 8 2008

    Scientists know that hydrogen will never be an important fuel due to better alternatives. Hydrogen contains little energy per volume/weight and needs several times the energy to be produced than it will offer on-board. Why politicians and PR people are able to sell it? Only because the idea of water out of the tailpipe is fashionable. People, don’t be fooled. Drive less.

  • Cameron McDonald commented on Dec 6 2008

    Problem is that he was talking about this in 2005.
    Where is our car?