Last year, General Motors and Honda announced a partnership to collaborate on hydrogen fuel cell technologies. Both companies have independently made headway in regards to the research and development of fuel cell systems and hydrogen storage technologies and are partnering up to save costs, according to a presentation made at the SAE 2014 Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Technologies Symposium by GM’s fuel cell research and development director, Mark Mathias.
Honda and GM are looking to have the fuel cell technologies ready by 2020. The two companies have cross-licensed their hydrogen fuel-cell know-how to reduce costs, as the development and material costs are what usually prevent automakers from delivering a mass-market zero-emissions hydrogen powertrain. Honda currently makes the FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in limited quantities, but hopes to introduce a mass-market, hydrogen-powered model by 2015, according to Green Car Congress.
In addition to developing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, GM and Honda will work to improve hydrogen refueling infrastructure in California over the next few years. GM said last year that expanding infrastructure “is critical for the long-term viability and consumer acceptance of fuel cell vehicles” but currently has no definitive plans to put a hydrogen-powered vehicle into production.