BMW and General Motors combine for a greener future 0

The fuel cell market is set to be taken advantage of by BMW and General Motors, who look set to sign an agreement where they will be partners.

Agreement

The agreement will have certain and specific conditions whereby BMW will be given access to General Motors’ current fuel cell technology. In return, General Motors will be supplied with funds for future research plans.

Hydrogen powered vehicles

Both companies are not new to developing hydrogen powered vehicles. They have been doing so for around two decades.

Chevrolet Equinox

General Motors developed the Chevrolet Equinox fuel cell vehicle which recorded more than 2 million miles at Project Driveway. They have now moved to another stage of the testing by recording some Fleet and Consumer testing over in Hawaii.

1 Series and 7 Series hybrid

BMW showcased their 1 Series hybrid fuel cell prototype which they have been developing for a number of years. This car is said to be a more sophisticated version of the BMW 7 Series fuel cell car that was tested globally.

Simplify and lower the cost

General Motors have spent the tremendous amount of $1.6 million on developing fuel cell technology within their vehicles.

This is could be a major reason as to why the company have decided to go into partnership with BMW, as it would reduce the development costs. Toyota believe that the general cost of the technology will dip after 2015. With the partnership of BMW and General Motors it may well do. It’s also a great way to simplify what is already a very complex piece of technology.

Toyota, Hyundai and Honda

As you may have expected, other car manufacturers have also pledged commitment to creating hydrogen fuel technology within vehicles. Hyundai, Toyota and Honda have been heard saying they intend to introduce their developments of hydrogen vehicles as soon as 2015, which is right around the corner.

Despite BMW not confirming that the partnership has been agreed yet, a lot of the press have predicted that they will indeed form an alliance. BMW earlier reported that they have entered an agreement with Toyota to develop lithium ion batteries.

General Motors couldn’t have possibly found a better partner to develop fuel cell technology. Let’s hope it doesn’t end up like Toyota and Suzuki.