Have you seen this truck?

This is a photo of the new eTec Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine (HICE) Silverado truck, developed by Electric Transportation Engineering Corp. (aka eTec), which is a subsidiary of ECOtality.

This is a photo of the new eTec Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine (HICE) Silverado truck, developed by Electric Transportation Engineering Corp. (aka eTec), which is a subsidiary of ECOtality.

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Look familiar? It should, since this is a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup truck that got an extreme innards makeover to run on a compressed hydrogen fuel system.

The truck was purchased by The Center for Hydrogen Research and actually is the first hydrogen vehicle to be registered in the state of South Carolina. Indeed, it is the first eTec HICE vehicle to be registered and operated in the United States.

The purchase was funded by a $175,000 grant from the Washington division of URS Corp., and the vehicle will be used as a public demonstration of hydrogen's viability as a transportation. Researchers at the Center for Hydrogen Research will use the truck as a guinea pig for their research into hydrogen engine mechanics.

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