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GM & Honda to Produce Fuel Cells

January 31, 2017 in Companies, fuel cells, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Automakers Form New $170 Million Joint Venture
To Produce Hydrogen-Powered Systems in Michigan

General Motors and Honda said Monday that they’ll jointly manufacture hydrogen fuel cell systems at GM’s existing battery pack plant in Brownstown, Mich., south of Detroit. It’s “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,” states a joint release.

General Motors executive global product development VP Mark Reuss, Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley, and Honda North American CEO Toshiaki Mikoshiba celebrate the $160 million joint venture for fuel cell manufacturing on January 30 in Detroit.

General Motors executive global product development VP Mark Reuss, Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley, and Honda North American CEO Toshiaki Mikoshiba celebrate the $160 million joint venture for fuel cell manufacturing on January 30 in Detroit.



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

Honda and GM have announced “a master collaboration agreement” on fuel cells and hydrogen storage technologies in mid-2013 (F&F, July 2, 2013). “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.”

A ‘Foundation of Outstanding Teamwork’

“Over the past three years,” said Honda Motor Company North America COO Toshiaki Mikoshiba, “engineers from Honda and GM have been working as one team with each company providing know-how from its unique expertise to create a compact and low-cost next-generation fuel cell system.”

'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.' Mass production of hydrogen fuel cell systems by the new Fuel Cell System Manufacturing, LLC is to commence 'around 2010.'

‘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.’ Mass production of hydrogen fuel cell systems by the new Fuel Cell System Manufacturing, LLC is to commence ‘around 2020.’

“This foundation of outstanding teamwork will now take us to the stage of joint mass production of a fuel cell system that will help each company create new value for our customers in fuel cell vehicles of the future.”

2,220-Plus Patents

GM and Honda have more than 2,220 fuel cell technology patents between them, the company says, citing the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index.

Honda began delivery of its all-new Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle to U.S. customers in December 2016 following a spring 2016 launch in Japan (F&F, December 20).

FCVs Long in Development

GM, according to the joint venture announcement, “is currently demonstrating the capability of fuel cells across a range of land, sea and air applications. The company has accumulated millions of miles of real-world driving in fuel cell vehicles.”

GM’s “Project Driveway” for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles dates from 2007.

The automakers also noted yesterday that they collaborated in a powertrain cross-supply arrangement in 1999 under which Honda manufactured 50,000 V-6 engines for the Saturn Vue, and Honda received diesel engines from GM’s Isuzu affiliate for use in Europe.

Fuel Cell System Manufacturing, LLC, the new GM-Honda joint venture, is to operate in GM’s existing battery pack manufacturing facility in Brownstown, south of Detroit.

Fuel Cell System Manufacturing, LLC, the new GM-Honda joint venture, is to operate in GM’s existing battery pack manufacturing facility in Brownstown, south of Detroit.


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Source: GM and Honda with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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