General Motors and Honda bet on hydrogen fuel cell

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General Motors and Honda have signed an agreement that reaffirms its bet by the hydrogen fuel cell.

Although the perception we can have is that the vast majority of manufacturers have rejected the option of developing a propulsion system with a hydrogen fuel cell that is efficient and economical, the truth is very different, and a clear example is the agreement that you just sign General Motors and Honda. Both companies have announced the creation of the first “joint venture” (joint venture) of the automobile industry for the mass production of a advanced system of hydrogen fuel cell.

Such a system will be used in the future by vehicles of these companies. Under the name Fuel Cell System Manufacturing (LLC), this new company will operate from the same factory battery that General Motors is currently in the city of Brownstown, Michigan, south of Detroit (united States). The series production of this new fuel cell system will begin in 2020 and for carrying into effect this project, the two companies must make an investment of $ 85 million.

The relationship of General Motors and Honda comes from a long time ago, as in 1999 they collaborated on an agreement for the supply of thrusters by which Honda produced 50.000 V6 engines for the Saturn VUE and in return, Honda got diesel engines of the subsidiary of Isuzu from General Motors for incorporation in the european market. More reciƩnteme, in the year 2013, have been joining forces in various fields of the sector.

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Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, the big bet of the japanese manufacturer by the hydrogen.

Both General Motors as Honda already have experience in the field of propulsion systems with hydrogen fuel cell. In the case of the american company, not so long ago we became echo of his first prototype with hydrogen fuel cell, the GM Electrovan. A van of character and casual that can be found in the exposure of the GM Heritage Center (although it is to be transferred temporarily to different exhibitions).

For its part, Honda is both entities the that more is betting on hydrogen at present. And proof of this is the new Honda Clarity FCV. A model to compete with the successful Toyota Mirai, and that, although it is not sold in Spain, is available for private and corporate clients in markets such as Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Fixed a effective autonomy of 589 km, which is not bad.

The two manufacturers have more in workload of 2,220 patents related to technologies of hydrogen fuel cell. We are faced with a technology that presents great challenges for the car manufacturers. It is working to reduce the cost of its development and production as well as in advancing the growth of infrastructure for refuelling hydrogen.

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

The shortage of refuelling points for hydrogen, and the problems involved in its transport are some of their major problems.

The vehicles that make use of the fuel cell stack to generate
water vapor as the only emission. It is for this reason that its efficiency and factor
eco-friendly are two of its major virtues in front of the vehicles with
conventional mechanical.