General Motors Co. (GM) and Honda yesterday announced a renewed establishment of the automotive industry; Presenting the very first manufacturing joint venture to mass produce an advanced hydrogen fuel-cell system, set to be utilised within prospective products from each company.
Honda and GM have been in collaboration to form a grand co-development arrangement for a next-generation fuel-cell system and hydrogen storage technologies. Both companies integrated their development teams and shared hydrogen fuel-cell intellectual property to recreate a more affordable solution for fuel cell and hydrogen storage systems.
Toshiaki Mikoshiba, Chief Operating Officer of the North American Region for Honda Motor Co., Ltd commented: “Over the past three years, engineers from Honda and GM have been working as one team with each company providing know-how from its unique expertise to create a compact and low-cost next-generation fuel-cell system.”
To further distinguish the importance of this automotive collaboration and promising innovation, fuel-cell technology addresses many of the major challenges facing automobiles today incl. petroleum dependency, emissions etc. The benefits of fuel cell processed vehicles are vast and will enable these vehicles to operate on hydrogen produced from renewable sources such as, wind and biomass.
Mark Reuss, GM Executive Vice President reports, "The combination of two leaders in fuel cell innovation is an exciting development in bringing fuel cells closer to the mainstream of propulsion applications." He then supported his statement by adding, "the eventual deployment of this technology in passenger vehicles will create more differentiated and environmentally friendly transportation options for consumers."
GM and Honda continue to co-work to enforce the reduction to the cost of development and manufacturing through economies of scale and common sourcing. Most importantly, they continue to work with governments and other stakeholders to further advance the refuelling infrastructure; is exceedingly trivial to endure the long-term viability and consumer acceptance of fuel cell automobiles.