Not long ago, General Motors and Honda announced a partnership towards hydrogen fuel cell technology. General Motors currently lays claim to having the most intellectual property on hydrogen fuel cell technology than any other automaker, and has clocked over three million miles with an experimental hydrogen vehicle fleet. Most recently, GM announced plans to supply the United States Army with a hydrogen-powered Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck.
Honda, on the other hand, has handed the keys of hydrogen-powered vehicles off to limited California customers (FCX Clarity). And at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, it announced that the new Clarity fuel cell vehicle has accelerated its launch to late 2016, as opposed to early 2017. It hasn’t been confirmed if the Clarity is the result of the Honda-GM partnership, but it very well could be. With that in mind, those looking for a hydrogen vehicle from GM fit for consumers may be wondering how its development is going.
“You’ll see a Honda (hydrogen car) before us, if we decide to build one,” said General Motors Vice President of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, during a roundtable interview at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.
GM getting cold feet? Probably not. But it does explain GM’s pace on the program. The goal of which was to bring commercially-feasible solutions to market by the 2020 timeframe.