Honda and GM collaborate to develop hydrogen fuel cell

Honda and GM announced that they are collaborating to jointly develop a hydrogen fuel cell.

Automakers Honda and General Motors (GM) are preparing to partner to produce a new hydrogen fuel cell system. This forward-looking collaboration will be part of the strategies of both brands for the next 10-20 years.

The popularity of electric cars is increasing day by day. When we examine the electric vehicle market, there are relatively new companies such as Tesla rather than long-established companies of hundreds of years. Well-established companies seem to be lagging behind in electric vehicles. Companies that realize that they are lagging behind in this area are also turning to alternative areas. The first area that comes to mind is hydrogen fuels. Honda and GM are also among the companies turning to hydrogen.

Honda aims to sell approximately 2,000 vehicles annually with the new system in the coming years. The big target is for sales to reach around 60,000 units by 2030. Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) can also be actively used in commercial vehicles such as heavy trucks and construction machinery.

The hydrogen fuel cell system is touted as an energy conversion technology that generates electricity through an electrochemical process. It consists of a fuel cell stack that uses hydrogen fuel and oxygen from the air to generate electricity, heat and water vapor. The process begins when hydrogen is fed to the anode of the fuel cell, where a catalyst splits hydrogen molecules into protons and electrons. The protons then pass through a proton exchange membrane to reach the cathode, while the electrons are forced through an external circuit to reach the cathode, generating an electric current. The hydrogen fuel cell system becomes an efficient, clean and sustainable source of energy that produces zero emissions and has potential applications in a variety of industries, including transportation, fixed power and portable power.

“With the next-generation system, the company aims to more than double the durability and cut costs by two-thirds compared to the legacy fuel cell system,” said Honda senior manager Shinji Aoyama. While commercial vehicles are in use all over the world, they will likely see electrification just like passenger cars.”

Source: Egirisim / Prepared by Irem Yildiz

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