Watch out EVs–FCVs are alive: See What Analysts Say about GM-Honda JV Mass Produce of Hydrogen Fueled Vehicles

Here is what 4 of the Industry’s lead­ing ana­lyst had to say in ear­ly Feb­ru­ary 2017 about the GM-Hon­da Joint Ven­ture to devel­op and build hydro­gen pow­ered vehi­cles in mass by 2020

Karl Brauer, Exec­u­tive Pub­lish­er, Auto­trad­er and Kel­ley Blue Book: “More Work to be done”

“It’s under­stand­able that GM and Hon­da con­tin­ue to push this tech­nol­o­gy for­ward.  While sub­stan­tial chal­lenges remain, the fuel cell vehi­cles we’ve dri­ven feel exact­ly like a tra­di­tion­al gas-pow­ered cars.  They pro­vide ample pow­er while being smooth and qui­et at all speeds. Because they use elec­tric motors, pow­ered by hydro­gen, they have excel­lent low-end torque and are extreme­ly refined, all while emit­ting noth­ing more than water vapor. But the fuel-cell vehi­cles avail­able today are bare­ly past pro­to­type sta­tus, which means they are extreme­ly expen­sive and none can be pur­chased by con­sumers, only leased.  So there’s more work to be done.  That’s exact­ly how GM and Hon­da are approach­ing the issue, with a part­ner­ship that could has­ten the real­i­ty of hydro­gen as a viable and clean fuel.” >p>
Michelle Krebs, senior ana­lyst for Auto­trad­er: “Mag­ic Bul­let”

“Fuel cells have long been seen as the mag­ic bul­let for effi­cient trans­porta­tion with no harm­ful emis­sions. By join­ing forces to actu­al­ly man­u­fac­ture hydro­gen fuel cell sys­tems, Gen­er­al Motors and Hon­da take a giant step toward mov­ing the promis­ing tech­nol­o­gy clos­er to real­i­ty.”
Rebec­ca Lind­land, senior ana­lyst for Kel­ley Blue Book: “Good Coop­er­a­tion”

“Expand­ing the col­lab­o­ra­tion between GM and Hon­da should fur­ther the adop­tion and expan­sion of fuel cell vehi­cles, lead­ing to clean­er vehi­cle tech­nol­o­gy. It’s excit­ing to see man­u­fac­tur­ers work­ing togeth­er on these types of shared chal­lenges. ‘Coop-eti­tion’ is alive and well in the auto­mo­tive world, and con­sumers and the envi­ron­ment will ben­e­fit from the results of this col­lab­o­ra­tion.”
Michael Harley, ana­lyst for Kel­ley Blue Book: “FCV cost” ,

“It’s promis­ing to see automak­ers com­bin­ing forces in the pur­suit of alter­na­tive ener­gy such as hydro­gen fuel cell tech­nol­o­gy. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the infra­struc­ture to sup­port wide­spread hydro­gen vehi­cle fuel­ing isn’t in place, and that is a real­i­ty that has to be faced. Even if GM and Hon­da are suc­cess­ful with their joint ven­ture, this cost-pro­hib­i­tive hur­dle will like­ly keep fuel cell use lim­it­ed to com­mer­cial vehi­cles oper­at­ing out of cen­tral­ized hubs.”  

The post­ing on Busi­ness Insid­er
will give you and team more detail on what this means.

Edi­tor Note: Fuel Cell Vehi­cles are one of the most impor­tant edi­to­r­i­al projects for Auto­mo­tive Infor­ma­tion Net­work and You will see lots of con­tent about the future of auto­mo­tive and trans­porta­tion sys­tems in the future



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