It’s strange to think that we are only so recently removed from wondering aloud why automakers were not investing in alternative energy-reliant vehicles. With tightening EPA regulations calling for lofty fuel efficiency standards and the steady increase of gas prices bleeding consumers dry, something had to change. The model for doing business, the status quo, had to become the subject of serious reevaluation.
Some years on, with the concept of emissions free driving more than just a lovely fantasy, a number of new available technologies have enabled automakers in the pursuit of bringing a more perfect means of transportation to the masses.
Yet, in the face of the need for great change to help sustain these innovations, some automakers have stuck to the old ways and taken to making foolish comments regarding their competitors and their ideas.
General Motors and Honda, in their efforts to put the needs of the environment and drivers everywhere before individual motivations, have announced a long-term agreement to aid one another in developing next-gen fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies.
In collaborating, General Motors and Honda will be able to share expertise and strategies for improving these technologies and readying them for a self-imposed 2020 mass production deadline. This would greatly improve the likelihood of meeting the White House’s fuel economy standards set for 2025.
GM and Honda’s primary aims in alignment are to reduce development costs through consolidation and increase the number of available hydrogen refueling stations.
GM and Honda, ranked #1 and #2, respectively, in fuel cell patents filed in the last decade, are emboldening one another in their commitment to make this technology widely available. But it bears mentioning that both companies are equally as committed to improving the quality of life for everyone through EV (GM’s Chevy Spark EV, Honda’s Fit EV), HEV (GM’s Chevy Volt, Honda’s Civic Hybrid), and more fuel-efficient petrol (GM’s 2013 Chevy Sonic LT) technology. These efforts should ensure clean water in Lake Wylie and fresh air over Crowders Mountain State Park.
Not content to put all of their eggs in one basket, GM and Honda together have decided that it is not impossible to be a master, and not a jack, of all trades. We at Fred Caldwell Chevrolet applaud GM and Honda for their efforts and invite you to visit us to learn more about the advantages of owning a new, more environmentally-friendly auto.