Japanese carmaker Honda has decided to join forces with General Motors (GM) to set up a new joint venture (JV) to mass produce new Hydrogen fuel cell stacks at the American automaker's existing battery pack manufacturing plant in Brownstown, around 35 kilometers from the city of Detroit.
The new joint venture which is called unimaginatively called Fuel Cell System Manufacturing, LLC, will almost double the number of employees at GM's Brownstown plant, adding another 100 jobs to the plant that currently manufactures batteries for cars like the Chevrolet Volt. The new JV represents a total investment of $85 million between Honda and GM.
GM and Honda have been working together on Hydrogen fuel cells since 2013 and joined forces in a bid to cut development costs by sharing expertise and hydrogen fuel-cell intellectual property.
The JV's next generation fuel cell system promises to be designed to be cheaper and easier to manufacture and uses fewer precious metals and is lighter than the previous system as well.
Toshiaki Mikoshiba, Honda's North American CEO said: "Over the past three years, engineers from Honda and GM have been working as one team with each company providing know-how from its unique expertise to create a compact and low-cost next gen fuel system. This foundation of outstanding teamwork will now take us to the stage of joint mass production of a fuel cell system that will help each company create new value for our customers in fuel cell vehicles of the future."
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