General Motors and Honda have both announced the next step in leadership for the future of Fuel Cell System Manufacturing LLC, the joint venture both automakers have collaborated on.
Fuel Cell System Manufacturing LLC will house the auto industry’s first manufacturing joint venture to mass-produce hydrogen fuel cells to be used in future products from both GM and Honda. The joint venture was met with an $85 million investment into GM’s existing Brownstown, Michigan battery pack manufacturing facility.
And leading the company as president will be Suheb Haq of GM. Haq most recently was director of GM Operational Excellence but will not be tasked with overseeing the start up and operations of FCSM. Honda has named Tomomi Kosaka as vice president for the company, who previously oversaw three auto and engine plants in Ohio for the Japanese automaker.
GM and Honda agreed to rotate the positions of president and vice president between both automakers every two years, and have also appointed a board of directors with three executives from each automaker.
GM and Honda currently hope to begin production of mass-produced fuel cells in the year 2020, which will also create 100 new positions at the GM facility in Michigan. GM and Honda’s partnership in the field of fuel cells dates back to 2013 when both automakers officially signed on for a master collaboration agreement.