Motors Co. and Honda Motor Co. Ltd. have signed an agreement to
co-develop fuel cell systems and hydrogen storage technologies,
aiming for commercial application around 2020.
GM and Honda also will
work with governments and private industry to advance refueling
GM and Honda rank
first and second, respectively, in total fuel cell patents
filed between 2002 and 2012, with more than 1,200 between them,
and have each tested their patents, the two automakers
Together, GM and Honda
will "create an advanced system that will be both more capable
and more affordable," Honda president and chief executive
officer Takanobu Ito said.
Fuel cell technology
addresses fossil fuel dependency, emissions, efficiency, range
and refueling times, the two companies said. Fuel cell vehicles
can operate on renewable hydrogen made from sources like
biomass, and the only emission from fuel cell vehicles is water
Fuel cells can be used in small, medium and large vehicles,
giving them a range of up to 400 miles and a refueling time of
as little as 3 minutes, the automakers said.