Bid to accelerate fuel-cell cars
NEW YORK: General Motors and Honda are to work together on nextgeneration hydrogen fuel-cell technology in what industry watchers say is a response to the sluggish sales of all-electric cars.
Engineers from both companies will research and design hydrogen fuel-cell cars with the aim of moving forward a technology which is enjoying a revival of interest.
Carmakers have been talking about fuel-cell cars for decades, but commercial viability has been hampered by the high cost and infrastructure problems, such as a lack of filling stations.
Vehicles powered by a fuel cell are emission free. They derive their power from a chemical reaction that produces water vapour and do not need heavy on-board batteries.
Toyota has notched up volume sales with its petrol-electric Prius hybrid, yet sales of all-electric cars have been slow. General Motors has sold only 10 000 of its Volt EV in six months of production, compared to overall car sales of 1.4 million units.
Germany’s BMW is also working with Toyota on producing an affordable fuel-cell car by 2015, and Daimler, Ford and Nissan have started similar projects. – Sapa-dpa