GM and Honda es­tab­lish joint fuel cell fa­cil­ity

The Hamilton Spectator - - WHEELS -

Gen­eral Mo­tors and Honda have an­nounced the es­tab­lish­ment of the auto in­dus­try’s first man­u­fac­tur­ing joint ven­ture to mass pro­duce an ad­vanced hy­dro­gen fuel cell sys­tem that will be used in fu­ture prod­ucts from each com­pany.

Fuel Cell Sys­tem Man­u­fac­tur­ing, LLC will op­er­ate within GM’s ex­ist­ing bat­tery pack man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity site in Brown­stown, Michi­gan, south of Detroit.

Mass pro­duc­tion of fuel cell sys­tems is ex­pected to be­gin around 2020 and cre­ate nearly 100 new jobs. The com­pa­nies are mak­ing equal in­vest­ments to­tal­ing (US) $85 mil­lion in the joint ven­ture.

Honda and GM have been work­ing to­gether through a mas­ter col­lab­o­ra­tion agree­ment an­nounced in July 2013.

It es­tab­lished the co-de­vel­op­ment ar­range­ment for a next-gen­er­a­tion fuel cell sys­tem and hy­dro­gen stor­age tech­nolo­gies.

The com­pa­nies in­te­grated their de­vel­op­ment teams and shared hy­dro­gen fuel cell in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty to cre­ate a more af­ford­able com­mer­cial so­lu­tion for fuel cell and hy­dro­gen stor­age sys­tems.

GM and Honda rank No. 1 and No. 3, re­spec­tively, in to­tal fuel cell patents filed in 2002 through 2015.

In ad­di­tion to ad­vanc­ing the per­for­mance of the fuel cell sys­tem, GM and Honda are work­ing to­gether to re­duce the cost of de­vel­op­ment and man­u­fac­tur­ing through economies of scale and com­mon sourc­ing.

The two com­pa­nies also con­tinue to work with gov­ern­ments and other stake­hold­ers to fur­ther ad­vance the re­fu­el­ing in­fras­truc­ture that is crit­i­cal for the long-term vi­a­bil­ity and con­sumer ac­cep­tance of fuel cell ve­hi­cles.

GM and Honda have agreed to a joint op­er­a­tion for ad­vanced fuel cell tech­nol­ogy will be ap­plied to each com­pany’s fu­ture prod­ucts like Honda Clar­ity (shown).

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