Friday, February 10, 2017

Honda and GM Join Forces on Fuel Cell Systems

At Keyes Honda, we are proud of how Honda is constantly pushing the boundaries of new vehicle technology and taking steps to do what is right for the environment. Just last week, the Honda brand and General Motors Co. announced the establishment of 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. The automaker and GM have been working together through a master collaboration agreement announced in July 2013 that established the co-development arrangement for a next-generation fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies. The result? An integration of both companies’ development teams and shared hydrogen fuel cell intellectual property to create a more affordable commercial solution for fuel cell and hydrogen storage systems.

Fuel cell technology addresses many of the major challenges facing automobiles today: petroleum dependency, emissions, efficiency, range and refueling times. Fuel cell vehicles can operate on hydrogen made from renewable sources such as wind and biomass. Water vapor is the only emission from fuel cell vehicles. 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. The two companies also continue to work with governments and other stakeholders to further advance the refueling infrastructure that is critical for the long-term viability and consumer acceptance of fuel cell vehicles.

Many of the latest Honda cars have focused on sustainable energy, like the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, which received the best driving range rating from the EPA of any electric vehicle without a combustion engine with a range rating of 366 miles and fuel economy rating of 67 mpg highway*. In addition to current and future fuel cell vehicles, the Honda brand also produces a line of exceptional hybrid vehicles, like the new Honda Accord. We know our Los Angeles, CA area customers are big fans of this great vehicle.

We can’t wait to see what comes next from this exciting venture!

*Based on 2017 EPA range rating. Use for comparison purposes only. Your range will vary based on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, powertrain conditions, and other factors.

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