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Honda FCX Clarity

GM, Honda Join Forces on Fuel-Cell Vehicles

Honda FCX ClarityGeneral Motors and Honda have partnered to develop fuel-cell vehicles and infrastructure.

The two companies yesterday announced an agreement to co-develop fuel cell and hydrogen storage technologies, aiming to complete their work around 2020. They say they’ll also work together on refueling infrastructure.

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 vehicles, the companies say.

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.

GM’s Project Driveway program, launched in 2007, has accumulated about 3 million miles of real-world driving in a fleet of 119 hydrogen-powered vehicles, more than any other automaker, the company says.

Honda began leasing of the Honda FCX in 2002 and has deployed 85 units in the US and Japan, including its successor, the FCX Clarity (pictured), which was named the 2009 World Green Car.

Honda plans to launch the successor of FCX Clarity in Japan and the US in 2015, and then in Europe. GM says it will announce its fuel cell production plans at a later date.

The announcement follows media reports that Toyota will begin selling its fuel-cell sedan in the US next year. Hyundai and Kia have said they will offer a fuel cell vehicle in 2015.

Additionally, Ford, Nissan and Daimler signed an agreement earlier this year to develop affordable fuel cell electric vehicles that the automakers hope to have on the road by 2017.

Honda, GM, Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai are all members of the Energy Department’s hydrogen infrastructure partnership, H2USA, launched in May.



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One thought on “GM, Honda Join Forces on Fuel-Cell Vehicles

  1. Nice article! I am all for diversification of transportation vehicles and fuel!!! Did a little research and found some impressive video and links concerning what is happening in California in regards to municipal wastewater treatment plants when paired with fuel cell technology where they are now up an running creating 3 value streams of hydrogen, electricity and heat all from a human waste!
    Impressive in my opinion… Have a look.

    “New fuel cell sewage gas station in Orange County, CA may be world’s first”

    “It is here today and it is deployable today,” said Tom Mutchler of Air Products and Chemicals Inc., a sponsor and developer of the project.

    2.8MW fuel cell using biogas now operating; Largest PPA of its kind in North America

    Microsoft Backs Away From Grid

    This is some efficient infrastructure for hydrogen refueling… Hope they don’t wait another 10 years to start moving on it? $4 per kg of hydrogen should be about $15 to fill up a tank vs. $45 – $60 now??
    Is that about right???

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