GM AND HONDA TO PARTNER IN FULL PRODUCTION FUEL CELL MANUFACTURING PLANT
Breaking World News Editor, January 2016
Editor’s Note, Well well they actually did it!
Partnership closes Fuel Cell circle; Toyota/BMW; Ford/Nissan/Daimler
Tokyo January 16, 2016; Ken Sakaktbara writing for Ashai Shimbunreported that Honda Motor Co. and General Motors Co., their sights set onmass-production of the “ultimate eco-car” in the 2020s, will set up afactory to jointly manufacture fuel cells.
The move is expected to be a game-changer as it brings the developmentof next-generation fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs) to a new phase.
The Japanese government plans to introduce measures to reduce the marketprice of FCVs to levels that can compete with gas-electric hybrid vehiclesaround 2025.
“By cutting costs with General Motors, we hope to increase our FCVproduction capacity to help achieve the government’s goal,”said a senior Honda official.
Honda and GM have been jointly developing fuel-cell systems and hydrogentanks for FCVs since 2013.
The auto giants plan to begin mass-production of fuel cells at the newplant in 2025 at the latest, sources said. The companies expect that theplant will reduce production costs of fuel cells. They plan to developcommercial FCV models on their own.
Honda hopes to generate profits from FCVs by mass-marketing commercialmodels as soon as 2025.
FCVs are powered by electricity that is generated through a chemicalreaction between hydrogen fuel and oxygen in the air. As the vehicles emitonly water while running, they are called the ultimate eco-cars.
Honda and GM joined forces to develop FCV technologies because itrequires a huge investment that even the world’s top automakerscannot shoulder alone.
The production of fuel cells can be costly because they use expensivecatalytic agents, prompting automakers to scramble to forge alliances toreduce the cost for FCV development and production.
Among their competitors, Toyota Motor Corp. has formed an alliance withGermany’s BMW to jointly develop key components for FCVs, whileNissan Motor Co. is collaborating with Ford Motor Co. and Daimler AG on thedevelopment of fuel cells.
HONDA CLARITY FUEL CELL CAR TO COST $60,000 IN THE U.S.
overdrive.in | January 24, 2016
The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell sedan, which debuted at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show is set to go on sale by the end of the year in US. The tricky part about selling this car, however, is pricing it right. The only other fuel cell vehicles in the market are the Hyundai Tucson and the Toyota Mirai. The Mirai is the Clarity Fuel Cell's only direct rival because the Tucson is a CUV (crossover).
To ensure that the Clarity Fuel Cell doesn't lose out to its competition in the United States, Honda has decided to price it at $60,000 (approximately Rs 40.57 lakh), with a targeted lease of under $500 (approximately Rs 33,800) a month. Toyota has priced the Mirai similarly at $57,500 (approximately Rs 38.88 lakh) with a monthly lease of $499 (Rs 33,700). [Read More]
BALLARD RECEIVES FOLLOW-ON ORDER FROM NISSHINBO FOR BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS PROJECT
VANCOUVER, Jan. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Ballard Power Systems
Ballard Power Systems announced that it has received a follow-on purchase order from Nisshinbo Holdings Inc. for a further phase of a Technology Solutions program related to the development of a breakthrough catalyst technology intended to reduce the cost of certain proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells. The program, now entering its seventh phase, has been underway for approximately 2.5 years.
Nisshinbo is an "Environmental and Energy Company" Group providing low-carbon, optimized products across a range of business lines, including chemicals, precision instruments, electronics, automotive brakes, textiles and paper. Nisshinbo has been a long-time leading global supplier of carbon plates used in the construction of PEM fuel cells for various market applications.
Nisshinbo has supplied compression molded bipolar flow field carbon plates to Ballard for 20 years and, in November 2015, also became a strategic investor through a purchase of $5 million of Ballard common shares. [Read More]