Giant car makers General Motors Co. and Honda Motor Co. Ltd. entered into a partnership that could make the world a better place in the future. The two car makers decided that they would have to work together in order to churn out next-generation fuel-cell technology that they could use for their products.
General Motors and Honda are working on getting cars that are powered by hydrogen into the mass market, as reported by NBC News. If the majority of the people on earth will drive cars that use hydrogen as its onboard fuel for motive power, carbon emissions are expected to be dramatically reduced.
The partnership of General Motors and Honda are not only limited to mass producing hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. The two car makers intend to build a new plant in Michigan just for their hydrogen-powered cars initiative.
There were some concerns that car makers will back out of developing their alternative powertrain technology as the new president of the United States, Donald Trump, does not believe in climate change. The Trump administration is expected to impose a less strict regulatory limits on mileage.
However, Mark Reuss, General Motor's global product development director, hinted that the car maker is not planning to roll back its plans related to developing alternative powertrain technology. Reuss said it does not seem to be a good idea to abandon plans that could lead to clean fuel.
This is not the first time that General Motors and Honda collaborated on a project. The two car makers formed a fuel-cell research program in 2013.
The Wall Street Journal reported that car companies have long been trying to push for the commercialization of fuel-cell technology. The project is pricey and the market does not appear to welcome it. However, fuel-cell cars offer several benefits including zero emissions and more than 350 miles of driving distance between refueling.
Jobs & Hire previously reported that General Motors is laying off some of its workers in Canada.