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News Honda GM Joint Fuel Cell Plant Opens

Honda GM Joint Fuel Cell Plant Opens

Hydrogen powers up

  • Facility will supply fuel cells for vehicles, generators, and equipment

  • Honda expects 2,000 units per year


Honda and General Motors have just announced that production has started at their joint venture fuel cell facility. The Michigan plant will supply the cells for vehicle and stationary power.

The joint venture, called Fuel Cell System Manufacturing, was established in 2017 with an $85 million investment. The plant will build fuel cells that Honda and GM have been working together to engineer since 2013.

Honda says it will use cells to build its all-new CR-V fuel cell electric vehicle. The cells turn stored hydrogen into electricity with zero tailpipe carbon emissions. Honda is also testing stationary fuel cell generators, the brand’s first step in decarbonizing one of its important products. The company is getting ready to bring a Class 8 fuel cell truck to production, with hopes of production in 2027.

GM has announced it plans to supply fuel cell systems to commercial truck company Autocar as well as to heavy equipment manufacturer Komatsu. Using stored hydrogen as a fuel source shows promise in helping to remove emissions from engine applications where battery EVs are not feasible.

Production at the plant is still expected to be low scale. At the announcement, Honda said that the company is expecting around 2,000 power units annually by mid-decade.

 

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