GM, Honda to Collaborate on Next-Generation Fuel Cell Technologies
Goal is commercially feasible fuel cell and hydrogen storage in 2020
NEW YORK General Motors (NYSE: GM) and Honda (NYSE: HMC) announced
today a long-term, definitive master agreement to co-develop
next-generation fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies,
aiming for the 2020 time frame. The collaboration expects to succeed
by sharing expertise, economies of scale and common sourcing
GM and Honda plan to work together with stakeholders to further
advance refueling infrastructure, which is critical for the long-term
viability and consumer acceptance of fuel cell vehicles.
GM and Honda are acknowledged leaders in fuel cell technology.
According to the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index, GM and Honda rank
No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in total fuel cell patents filed
between 2002 and 2012, with more than 1,200 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
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."
GM's Project Driveway program, launched in 2007, has accumulated
nearly 3 million miles of real-world driving in a fleet of 119
hydrogen-powered vehicles, more than any other automaker.
Honda began leasing of the Honda FCX in 2002 and has deployed 85 units
in the U.S. and Japan, including its successor, the FCX Clarity, which
was named the 2009 World Green Car. Honda has delivered these vehicles
to the hands of customers in the U.S. and collected valuable data
concerning real-world use of fuel cell electric vehicles.
As already announced, Honda plans to launch the successor of FCX
Clarity in Japan and the United States in 2015, and then in Europe. GM
will announce its fuel cell production plans at a later date.
Fuel cell technology addresses many of the major challenges facing
automobiles today petroleum dependency, emissions, efficiency, range
and refueling times. Fuel cell vehicles can operate on renewable
hydrogen made from sources like wind and biomass. The only emission
from fuel cell vehicles is water vapor.
Additionally, fuel cell vehicles can have up to 400 miles driving
range, can be refueled in as little as three minutes, and the
propulsion technology can be used on small, medium, and large