General Motors (GM) and Honda will develop and share a hydrogen fuel cell for vehicles they would produce around the end of the decade, the automakers announced Tuesday.
GM and Honda: joining tech hands. Photo: Reuters
Speaking in Manhattan, GM's vice chairman, Stephen Girsky, and the president of American Honda, Tetsuo Iwamura, said that by collaborating on a common design and components, they would lower costs and reduce development time.
GM and Honda – considered industry leaders in fuel-cell technology –said they would also work with energy suppliers and state and local governments to expand the network of hydrogen refueling stations, a critical element in fostering consumer acceptance of fuel-cell vehicles. Fuel cells also are expected to play an important role in the federal fuel economy regulations set for 2017 to 2025.
A section of those rules allows each fuel-cell vehicle to count as 1.75 conventional vehicles in 2020 and 1.5 vehicles in 2021.
Such credits enable automakers to somewhat offset the fuel economy of less-efficient vehicles like sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and large trucks.