Honda and General Motors Next-Generation Fuel Cell Technologies collaboration
These two auto majors have formed this partnership which will not only go a long way in cutting costs but will also ensure that development on these lines will be speeded up. The tie up was announced in the US on Tuesday. Major plans are in the area of developing a wide range of green cars, fuel cell vehicles that will run solely on electricity wherein water will be generated by chemical reactions between hydrogen and oxygen. Fuel cell systems will also jointly be developed with the two companies as they also concentrate on zero emission vehicles and other green technologies which will come into use in vehicles which will be launched by 2020.
Both automakers are leaders in fuel cell tech. The Clean Energy Patent Growth Index shows GM and Honda ranked in the top 2 places when it comes to total fuel cell patents filed between 2002 and 2012. That’s 1200 patents between them. “This collaboration builds upon Honda and GM’s strengths as leaders in hydrogen fuel cell technology,” said Dan Akerson, GM chairman and CEO. “We are convinced this is the best way to develop this important technology, which has the potential to help reduce the dependence on petroleum and establish sustainable mobility.”
Takanobu Ito, president & CEO of Honda Motor Co. Ltd. said: “Among all zero CO2 emission technologies, fuel cell electric vehicles have a definitive advantage with range and refueling time that is as good as conventional gasoline cars. Honda and GM are eager to accelerate the market penetration of this ultimate clean mobility technology, and I am excited to form this collaboration to fuse our leading fuel cell technologies and create an advanced system that will be both more capable and more affordable.”
With it’s launch back in 2007, GM’s Project Driveway program has gone through about 3 million miles of real-world driving in a fleet of 119 hydrogen-powered vehicles. This surpasses any attempts made by others in the field. Honda FCX leasing was started in in 2002. So far, 85 units have been deployed in the U.S. and Japan, and this includes FCX Clarity. Named 2009 World Green Car, the vehicles are useful for real-world use of fuel cell electric vehicles data. Honda FCX Clarity launch in Japan and the United States are planned for 2015, and later in Europe.